Sottevast V2 Facility Page 2
|Other constructional details of the short leg are steel
reinforcing bars which protrude above the rocket entrance shaft,
indicating that an extension or cover was meant to be added over the
entrance, and on the opposite side there are eight vertical V shaped
recesses 18 in wide and 24 in deep, arranged at regular intervals, 5 ft
8 in apart. These also disappear into the soil.
The recesses were probably intended for beams which would have supported
a lightweight structure attached to this outer wall, providing a
weatherproof cover over this opening.
The long section of the leg is 600 ft x 29 ft. Its height above ground
varies from 4 ft to 6 ft, and the last 196 ft of the leg slightly slope
downwards (100). Its purpose is unknown.
However, at Couville, too, there is a slight slope to the last 100 ft of
the two walls.
The concrete for this longer leg also disappears into the ground but it
appears that the roof, supported by the ground, was constructed first
and that the supporting walls were to be added later, and there is a 6
ft-wide recess on one side where this wall would be added. On the roof
of this section are several scrap pieces of the site's narrow gauge
On the inside of the 'L' is a large irregular concrete parking area,
which overall measures 263 ft x 91 ft.
Just outside the area enclosed by the 'L' is another smaller structure,
parallel to the short leg.
This concrete building, which is partially buried, is 100 ft x 31.3 ft
and its height varies from 3.5 ft to 6.9 ft above the ground.
The entrance, 30 ft wide, is at the south end and it is now blocked with
soil. On the roof are more pieces of the site narrow gauge railway.
This building appears to have been the site garage and locomotive shed.
Sottevast, like Couville, was intended to provide a secure storage and
servicing facility for the modified V2 and its larger developments.
Some buildings that I found only in 2005 on the hill close to the site
could well have been the intended fire control facility for launching