Dutch Water Line

WERK AAN DE WAALSE WETERING

Location: 5159'50.98"N    5 9'6.16"O

Address:

Waalseweg 22
3999 NS Tull en 't Waal

"Werk" is Dutch for Work, in this case a defense work.
However in this particular case, the qualification "Work" is a bit controversial, because the work is closed at the back-side with a low wall, equipped with a banquette, or firing-step for infantry.
So it could be called a fortress, however this is a typical gun Battery and the original name was "Batterij bij de Waalse Wetering".

This satellite photo is of a later date than the next pictures and shows the very nice result of the restoration of the original ground profiles.

The Work was made between 1875 and 1878. Its purpose was, to keep covered, a stretch of land that stayed dry, shoot at the enemy in front of the inundation and give flanking fire support to the fortress 't Hemeltje.

Here you see a nice 3D-drawing.

A = The troop barracks, gun powder
       and projectiles storage rooms.

B = The gun garage ("Remise").

C = Gun positions.

D = Infantry embankment.

G = The Artillery equipment shed.

H = The house, of the peace time
        fortress keeper.

In 1885, was stated, that the war time strength of the Work was 108 man and an armament of 10 pieces.

Here you see a 3D elevation drawing of the buildings.

You see the stairs running from ground floor level up to the gun garage.

The middle pile of these stairs is hollow and was used to hoist ammunition to the gun garage.
From there the ammunition was hand, or wheel barrow carried to the guns, standing outside in open gun positions.

On ground level, at the left of the stairs, is the gun powder room and at the right of the stairs the projectiles store.

These rooms are very deep under ground and extra protected by a corridor running around these rooms.

Here you see the buildings of this Work.

All in original condition and made ready for restoration.

Here you see the right wing of the troop barracks building.

Behind the open door and window is the galley part, as you can also see on the 3D elevation drawing.

At the right are toilet rooms, one for officers and one for soldiers.

This is the main entrance.

All wooden doors and window shutters have been replaced by the military, with steel versions.

Through the main entrance you are stepping directly in a troop room.

At the back is the hall way with the stairs to the gun garage.

Below this room is a water cellar, as you can see on the 3D elevation drawing.

At the left you see a dripping chimney, that collects the filtered water from the roof.

Here you see the stairs.

This one is unique and nowhere to be find in other fortresses or works in the Dutch Water Line.

As you can see, projectiles can be placed in the middle column, to be manually hoisted to the gun garage.

Here you see the door to the projectiles store.

At the left, you see the small corridor running around this room.

Staats Bosbeheer (the Dutch Forrestry organisation) is owner of this Work.

It is a very good organization and here even conducting an thorough restoration of this Work.

The terrain is been given back, its original profile.

On the left you see the walls at the back of the Work, with the entrance.

On the right you see the path running up to the front wall gun positions.

Here you see the gun garage on the left and and the infantry embankment on the right.
It is all neatly profiled.

Direct next to the gun garage is a gun position.

You can also see the landscape in the gun range, in this case it is still unchanged and comparable, with the First and Second World War periods, when this Work was last manned and ready.

Here you see de doors of the gun garage, that were originally made of wood.

The wooden doors were also very heavy. Always made of three layers of wood, joined cross-wise over each other.

This was done, to withstand blast pressure and shrapnel of exploding enemy shells.

Here you see ammunition niches in the gun garage.

Here an amount of ready to use ammunition could be stored.

Here you see the top of the stairs in the back of the gun garage.

The hoisting equipment for hoisting the projectiles through the stairs column was attached to the hook on the ceiling.

Here you see the entrance from the inside, with the back walls, equipped with a banquette or firing-step for infantry.

It seems however, that with this restoration, the banquette is made a bit to high.

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Last revised on 31-12-2013