Het Fort van Leffrinckoucke

The fort of Leffrinckoucke

The Fort of Leffrinckoucke is a remarkable example of military architecture from general Séré de Rivières. It was built in 1878, at the same time as the Zuydcoote Battery, in order to protect Dunkirk and its port from attacks.

During the Second World War, the Fort des Dunes played an important role during Operation Dynamo, the biggest evacuation operation in military history which allowed to save 338.000 allied soldiers. During the intense German bombing, more than 100 soldiers died. But that’s not the only dramatic event that took place during the war: in 1944, eight members of the resistance were executed.

After the war, the fort functioned as an army barrack. In 1998, the fort was bought bè the town of Leffrinckoucke. This superb example of 19th century military architecture is now a cultural and heritage site, as well as a place of memory devoted to the Second World War and Operation Dynamo!

The Fort of Leffrinckoucke, located in a well preserved nature reserve, still bears the scars of the German occupation. Explore the site with the (English) audiotour and learn everything you need to know about the Battle of Dunkirk and Operation Dynamo!



Rue du 2 juin 1940
59465 Leffrinckoucke


+33 (0)3 28 69 05 06

Opening hours

April - september
10:30 - 18:00

Around park: 59km

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