Dutch Water Line

FORTRESS EVERDINGEN

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Fortress Everdingen guards the south- side of the river "De Lek" access.
However it is not situated opposite fort Honswijk, but it is 2 km to the east.

The same as with fortress Honswijk, they started at first, to built an earthwork fortress between 1842 and 1845 and then decided, that a gun tower was needed, that was built between 1845 and 1847.

The gun tower was only one floor high, so in 1874, just the "Contrescarp" was made, to shield the tower from direct hits on the enemy side.

In 1877, two bomb free ground covered Storage buildings, with a Gun Remise on top were built in the north-east and in the south-east Bastion.

The fortress moat is connected with the river by an inundation channel.

This is an aerial photograph of 1920.
Many gun positions can be seen, on the neatly profiled fortress walls.

The river dike is running to the center of the tower and then let around the fortress, as usual.

As you can see, the fortresses, in that time were very bare, without any trees.

On the stretch of terrain between the dike and the river, you see the pre-defense, being an infantry entrancement.

At the top of the photograph, you see a work, which was already made in 1794. It is named the "Werk aan het Spoel".

Here you see the Gun Tower with at the left the "Contrescarp" and right the other end of the "Contrescarp".

At the right you see also a part of the moat, that originally surrounded the whole Gun Tower.

This "Contrescarp" is quite high, because they left the tower in original shape, with also gun positions on top.

This is one of the two ground covered bomb free buildings, with a large gun Remise on top.

The building houses gun powder and projectile rooms.

This is a picture from the army mobilization period of 1939/1940.

This gives a good impression, how the soldiers were housed in the fortresses.

You can see the typical shelves on the wall.
The shelves were attached to the wall, by making use of special brackets, that fitted, the iron eyes, you see in the walls of the troop rooms in all the fortresses of the Dutch Water Line.

The main job of these soldiers during that mobilization was digging trenches and putting up barb wire entanglements.

Here you see the main inundation sluice gate, between de river "De Lek" and the fortress moat.

It is also a special connection construction between the river dike and the fortress main wall.

The dike is connected with a narrow and upwards pointy shaped brick wall. This is called a "Beer".
This is very difficult to cross by an enemy and easy to defend.

Here you see the inundation sluice gate, that lets the water from the fortress moat on the land.

In the hazy background, you see a dike, with concrete shelters (type "Piramide") at the foot of the dike.
The inundation water level was very carefully regulated, such that the foot of the dike stayed dry.
In 1940, machine gun nests were made, all daisy chain connected by trenches, with concrete shelters.
There were also a few heavy machine gun bunkers. The concrete shelters were for the infantry, to seek shelter, against artillery barrages and air raids.

This is the main defense line of the Dutch Water Line, running to fortress Asperen to the south.

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Last revised on 31-12-2013