Dutch Water Line


Location: 52 8'46.72"N    5 3'49.89"E


Herenweg 3
3602 AM  Maarssen

This small fortress is called "Werk bij Maarsseveen", in English Work at Maarsseveen.

Small earth works, that did not have (earth) walls on all sides were not called fortress, but just a Work.

These were open at the opposite side of the enemy side, this was called a work with an open throat.

Most of them are protected gun positions and are also called Battery.

This work was built in 1880.
In that time more of these gun Batteries were made in the Dutch Water Line, however a bit different from this one.

This work has been restored very nicely.

However the bridge is new and does not resemble the original at all.

There was also a separate ground covered gun storage room built in 1886 on the work, as well as a long wooden work shed, built in 1881 that are on, or near most fortresses.

Both were demolished after the second world war, as well as the earth walls along the moat.

The work is symmetrical, with two stories and gun stores at each side.

The thick brick building is ground covered on the enemy side and on the flanks, as well as partly on both sides of this brick face. 

Here you see the the left wing of the building. On the right are the big doors of the gun storage room, that is later divided into two rooms.

On the first floor are the troop rooms and small gun storage rooms on each side.

On the left are two doors of toilets, one for the officers and one for the soldiers.

The work is now in use by a group of Scouts.

This is a gun storage room, now equipped as a cozy sitting room.

In wartime the work was equipped with 6 guns, that were rolled out of the gun storage rooms to prepared gun positions on the fortress earth walls.

At the back is a corridor and gun powder storage room.
This is one of the troop rooms on the first floor.

In war time this work housed 82 men.

This is an example, of the purpose of the steel ring you see in the walls of the bigger rooms in all of the fortresses.
Here you see, what many hands and some paint can do with an old fortress.

It is a very nice clubhouse for the Scouts.

These works and batteries were built in the second building stage of brick so called "bomb free" buildings in the Dutch Water Line and they all have a name and yearstone in the main building.
The fortresses, works and batteries in the Dutch Water Line were part of a defense system.

In between the fortresses were smaller works, such as field gun positions, protected supply roads, entrenchments and later also machine gun nests.

For the soldiers, that were manning the line in between the fortresses, small concrete shelter bunkers were built in 1939. When they were under attack of artillery or airplanes, they could seek shelter in these bunkers.

The bunkers were connected with each other and the machine gun nests, by trenches.

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Last revised on 24-12-2012