Batt. Halve Maan

Back Buskruitstraat, Oostende

The Half Moon owes its name to the half-moon-shaped ditch around a Spanish fort that stood here in the 16th century. In World War I the fort was converted into the Eylau battery and in World War II the Half Moon took on a new function again. It is the only remaining anti-aircraft gun battery in Belgium. The site includes a personnel bunker, a machine gun bunker and a command bunker and some observation posts. The machine gun bunker has thick, almost impenetrable armour plating. If you look at the personnel bunker, you can see technical text on the walls. Since 1950 the site has been used by military shipping, which put in a radar station to monitor the coast.

 

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