Dutch Water Line


Location: 5158'36.90"N    5 9'40.81"O


The Lunet is not open to the public.
No address.

The "Lunet aan de Snel", was also called "Lunet bij Honswijk".

The Lunet was made between 1845 and 1846, after it was noticed, that the inner side of the dike along the river "De Lek" could not be covered with gun fire from fortress Honswijk.

Fortress Honswijk covered the river and the stretch of land between the river and the dike, as well as the dike itself.
However also a stretch of land at the inner foot of the dike stayed dry, was shaded by the curves of the dike.

So this Lunet improved the gun fire coverage of the dike and the protection of the inundation channel.

Here you see an old layout drawing of the Lunet. In the right corner above you see the water called "De Snel", that gave the name to the Lunet.

This water was originally connected to an inundation sluice gate in the Lek dike, in front of fortress Honswijk and used as inundation channel.

However, between 1871 and 1873, the channel on the left was made, to improve the inundation speed of the Dutch Water Line. The water was now let in from the river into the fortress moat and from the moat into the new channel via another sluice gate, with bridge, as you can see in the left lower corner of the layout.

Between 1873 and 1874, also the Lunet was improved and a bomb free Guard House was made, with a gun garage on top, equipped also with a ammunition elevator.

At the lower face of the Lunet are the gun positions, to cover the dike.
At the lower flank are gun positions for flanking fire to the fortress.
At the upper flank is a gun position to cover the inundation channel.
At the upper face are gun positions, to support the "Werk aan de Korten Uitweg".

The Lunet is still used by the military, photographs of the inner area are very rare.

This is a photograph (of insufficient pixel size) of the Guard House.
(The picture was made by Anne Visser).

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Last revised on 26-12-2012