This is the only location in
this Secret Army guide to Brussels which was not actually used during the
filming of the series. However, as the HQ and its location in the Avenue
Louise is regularly referred to, it seems appropriate to include it here.
Another very good reason for its inclusion is the presence of a monument in
front of the building which commemorates Baron Jean de Selys Longchamps, a
Belgian member of the RAF,
who attacked the building in a Hawker Typhoon on the 20 January 1943. John
Brason worked this real-life event into the final episode of Series 2:
Day of Wrath. Longchamps story
became that of Andre de Beers (John Alkin) although several differences were
made to his story for dramatic purposes. Longchamps was demoted for his
exploits but simultaneously earned the DFC. He died later that year
while returning from a sortie.