Dutch Water Line


On this aerial view, you see the round shape of the "West Batterij" in the upper left corner.

The water above it is the inland sea "IJsselmeer" (former "Zuiderzee").

This is the start point in the north of the Dutch Water Line.

In the middle slightly to the right is the medieval fortified castle "Het Muiderslot".

The water in-between is the river "De Vecht".

The water on the right of the castle with surrounding earth walls and bastions is a broad defensive moat.

"Batterij" is a Dutch word for a prepared protected gun position.

In 1799 at the west and east bank at the river-mouth into the "Zuiderzee" (now called IJsselmeer) of the river "De Vecht", earthwork protected gun positions were made.

Later on, those on the east bank were superseded.

In 1852 on the earthwork on the west bank, a small gun tower was built.

This was now called the West Batterij.

The West Batterij is the smallest gun tower in the Netherlands.

It is also unique in shape, because it is slightly elliptical, instead of round.

Behind the entrance bridge there is a bulge on the gun tower.
The purpose of this bulge is to enable flanking fire along part of the moat and especially on the entrance.

The gun tower is equipped with shooting holes for close quarter defense at ground level.

The next layer is equipped with large shooting holes and gun rooms for big guns.

Also on the roof were big guns placed.

The purpose of the West Batterij was to prevent enemy ships from sailing up the river "De Vecht".

This together with the fortified medieval castle "Het Muiderslot" at the other side of the river.


On this picture you see, that once, the "West Batterij" was also protected against direct hits and reduced to storage room and accommodation.
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Last revised on 29-12-2013