Finally it was 1400 and time for the tour of FortLoncin.We found out that we had to follow the guide and watch a 20 minute film.The film was in French so I just looked at the pictures.Our guide spoke ok English but he knew a lot about the fort and didn’t talk too much.I think if the guide talks too much then there is a thing about to much info.SO it was just right.He showed us around the part that is still in decent shape or the front of the fort first.Then he took us inside where a 420mm shell pierced the 4 meter thick concrete wall and exploded in the ammo room.12 tons of gun powder exploded and destroyed much of the fort.
Fort Loncin from the Memorial
350 Belgian soldiers were killed instantly.250 of them are still buried under there today.There is a memorial for them on top of the fort. Then we went outside and the crater left was just unbelievable.I was standing next to it and all I could think was, “there should be a huge wall here.”The tour continued on top of the fort and our guide said that some of the guns still have the shells in there.The bomb squad would not remove it because it was too dangerous.I should mention that other then the electricity, the fort is as it was when the Germans took it 15 August 1914. Over all a good trip, other then the other ones being closed but that was my fault for lack of planning.There are several other forts, monuments, Cemeteries, and memorials around the Province of Liege.So we’re planning another trip.
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