|FIRE CONTROL ROOM|
Opposite the operations room is the fire control room, from where one could direct the four guns of the main artillery batteries. The fire control room covers two floors. On the lower one is the fire-directing and target-following computer, which is situated in the middle of the room. This computer collects all available data about the shots fired by the artillery and passes it on. The upper room contains a periscope and an optical rangefinder. This room was occupied by four men, one for each battery. The total wartime crew of the fire control room consisted of a total of nine men. If one walks from the fire control room toward the exit, one passes a small room where the duty-officer could rest. This room was also used for meetings. The secret documents and code books were kept here in a large safe. The dimmed light corresponds with the actual lighting-situation at the time.
The crewmembers on duty could make coffee and prepare food in a small galley. Normally, meals were delivered to the bunker from the main canteen. Next to the galley is the ventilation room. All bunkers were equipped with such ventilation units. These units created an overpressure inside the bunker, which would prevent poisonous gas from entering, in case of war. Behind the ventilation room is a guardroom. The walls of this room are painted black and the interior is lit by a small blue light, so the occupant is hard to spot. When one has left the bunker again and is standing in the bright daylight and can breathe fresh air, it is easy to imagine how it must have been to be locked-up in the small and sticky rooms of the bunker. The guard at the entrance was easily tempted to keep the main door open. On many occasions the guard had to be reprimanded: the door had to be closed at all times.