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Command center Kemmel

Command center Kemmel

Cold War under the Kemmel mountain

In 1954, the Belgian army built a bunker at the foot of the Kemmelberg. The top secret command center would house the army headquarters in the event of a crisis or conflict during the Cold War.

It never came to that: its use was limited to exercises. The last major exercise took place there in 1995, but the bunker lost all use due to the end of the Cold War.

The command bunker has been transformed into a Cold War time capsule. Through an anonymous building, you gain access to the stairs, which descend 15 meters straight into the bunker. 

Map room

All corridors lead to the "Operations Rooms," the core of the Command bunker. This would become the nerve center of Belgian defense in case of conflict. The Ops Room extends over two floors.

Around the ops room, the desks of various staff are looking out on the map room.


Telexes, radio connections and telephone traffic entered the building through the communications center on the ground floor.

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