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Leaning Tower of Oye

Leaning Tower of Oye

A bunker disguised as a church tower

With a fire control post in the shape of a church tower near Oye, the German army misled the Allies.

When Russian POWs began building four casemates around the tower in the spring of 1942, they did everything they could to make it resemble a church tower, including a metal cross on the top and a painted bell.


Traces have since disappeared, but the plan worked: Allied pilots did not drop bombs on the bunker installation, and they were also confused by the false orientation point. After all, the tower was inspired by the church tower of Mardyck, closer to Dunkirk.


As the end of the Second World War approached, the Germans blew up the tower before fleeing. Half work, because the tower did not budge.

Or is it? Year after year, the tower of Oye sinks more and more. And so Oye has an added tourist attraction.

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