|A big hangar full of WW2 kit|
|A Firefly guards the entrance|
|Yes that is a 155mm Long Tom|
The visit was led by a serving Belgian Soldier, our group was split 50:50 between English and French speakers and our guide did a brilliant job going through everything twice in those languages. The first part of the tour is outside covering the general history of the Barracks and the events leading up to the Bulge. After that you enter the cellars used by the 101st US Airborne during the siege and see the "NUTS" room and the Command Post.
The first part of the tour ends in a small museum littered with artifacts from the battle, we spent about an hour and 15 on this first stage. You then head out to a series of three hangars to see the collection of Military vehicles on site. Our guide changed here and the second guide didn't speak English however each vehicle (if you didn't know what it was already) has an English language sign board.
|Don't see one of these everyday|
The following pictures are a selection of the vehicles in hangar 2,
|M4A1 Sherman 76|
|Panzer IV Ausf J|
|AEC MK II Matador|
|Humber LRC MK III|
From there we were led to the third hangar which is used as a Vehicle Restoration centre, we were allowed full access to the area and had a good look around the current crop of vehicles which are being worked on.
First up was a nearly fully restored StuG, an amazing piece of work it looked like it was just out of the show room, the engine bay was superb.
Next up was our missing JSIII in for some engine repairs, annoyingly it was fixed the next day and driving round the car park during that days tour.
The next bay was very much a work in progress, a Hetzer with its body fully restored.
Finally there was a Leopard I having some engine work done.
What a fantastic time we had at the Barracks, probably 2 and a half to 3 hours for free ! There is a rumour that the tours will stop soon due to government cut backs which would be a real shame, if they do stop I am glad I made it when I did.