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Features 75mm fortress artillery

Scheldt Battery South

Description – The Scheldt Battery South was part of the Veiligheidsomwalling. It is unique redoubt located between  Redoubt XVIII to the east and  the river Scheldt the west. Fort VIII Hoboken is found to the north but was not included in the defensive positions. The battery served as the redoubt equivalent of coastal defenses as its counterpart in the north.

Construction & Armament – This concrete redoubt was constructed between 1910 and 1912. It is considered to have an unique design with elements of the standard redoubts featuring artillery. It is an asymmetrical structure with two cupolas built in front. It had only one flank with 75mm guns installed. A similar design would be applied to the northern Scheldt battery.

Armament – Scheldt Battery

  • 2x 75mm fortress gun
  • ?x 75mm fortress gun

Current condition – This battery was completed when the Great War broke out in 1914 but it is not known if it participated in any defensive actions. It was demolished and converted into an industrial storage site.

Sources – Own elaboration; Gils, R.

Redoubt XVIII

Description – Redoubt XVIII of the Veiligheidsomwalling is a small redoubt located between  Fort VII and Redoubt XVII to the east and  the southern river Scheldt battery to the west. Fort VIII Hoboken is found to the north but was not included in the defensive positions.

Construction & Armament – This concrete redoubt was constructed between 1910 and 1912. It is considered to be standard redoubt featuring artillery and secured the interval between two adjacent forts. The redoubt featured a wet moat but has only one floor. It is smaller than the design of the Hoofdweerstandstelling redoubt. One cupola was built in front of the redoubt: it had one 75mm gun installed. Two 75mm guns secured the intervals.

Armament – Veiligheidsomwalling Redoubt

  • 3x 75mm fortress gun

Current condition – Redoubt XVIII was completed when the Great War broke out in 1914. It is not known if it participated in any defensive actions. The redoubt still exists but is located on an industrial storage site.

Sources – Own elaboration; Gils, R.

Redoubt XVII

Description – Redoubt XVII of the Veiligheidsomwalling is a small redoubt located between  Fort VII and Redoubt XVI to the east and  Redoubt XVIII to the west. Fort VIII Hoboken is found to the north but was not included in the defensive positions.

Construction & Armament – This concrete redoubt was constructed between 1910 and 1912. It is considered to be standard redoubt featuring artillery and secured the interval between two adjacent forts. The redoubt featured a wet moat but has only one floor. It is smaller than the design of the Hoofdweerstandstelling redoubt. One cupola was built in front of the redoubt: it had one 75mm gun installed. Two 75mm guns secured the intervals.

Armament – Veiligheidsomwalling Redoubt

  • 3x 75mm fortress gun

Current condition – Redoubt XVII was completed when the Great War broke out in 1914. It is not known if it participated in any defensive actions. The redoubt still exists and can be visited free of charge and is a reasonable condition.

Sources – Own elaboration; Gils, R.

Redoubt XVI

Redoubt XVI
Redoubt XVI

Description – Redoubt XVI of the Veiligheidsomwalling is a small redoubt located between  Fort VII and Redoubt XV to the east and  Redoubt XVII to the west. Fort VIII Hoboken is found to the west but was not included in the defensive positions.

Construction & Armament – This concrete redoubt was constructed between 1910 and 1912. It is considered to be standard redoubt featuring artillery and secured the interval between two adjacent forts. The redoubt featured a wet moat but has only one floor. It is smaller than the design of the Hoofdweerstandstelling redoubt. One cupola was built in front of the redoubt: it had one 75mm gun installed. Two 75mm guns secured the intervals.

Armament – Veiligheidsomwalling Redoubt

  • 3x 75mm fortress gun

Current condition – Redoubt XVI was completed when the Great War broke out in 1914. It is not known if it participated in any defensive actions. The redoubt still exists and can be visited free of charge. Based on the damage to the front cupola building it is likely that the garrison destroyed it when they evacuated. It is in quite reasonable condition, some graffiti present. The moat is still present although a bit overgrown. It serves as a playground for children who use the bumpy terrain as a mountain bike course. The site can be accessed by the Moerelei but is difficult to reach by car.

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Sources – Own elaboration; Gils, R.

Redoubt XV

Redoubt XV
Redoubt XV

Description – Redoubt XV of the Veiligheidsomwalling is a small redoubt located between  Fort VII and Redoubt IV to the east and  Redoubt XVI to the west. Fort VIII Hoboken is found to the west but was not included in the defensive positions.

Construction & Armament – This concrete redoubt was constructed between 1910 and 1912. It is considered to be standard redoubt featuring artillery and secured the interval between two adjacent forts. The redoubt featured a wet moat but has only one floor. It is smaller than the design of the Hoofdweerstandstelling redoubt. One cupola was built in front of the redoubt: it had one 75mm gun installed. Two 75mm guns secured the intervals.

Armament – Veiligheidsomwalling Redoubt

  • 3x 75mm fortress gun

Current condition – Redoubt XIV was completed when the Great War broke out in 1914. It is not known if it participated in any defensive actions. In 1984 it was converted into a restaurant by L. Van Laere. The redoubt was demolished in 2005 (?) although it was considered to be a heritage site.

Sources – Own elaboration; Gils, R.

Redoubt XIII

Description – Redoubt XIII of the Veiligheidsomwalling is a small redoubt located between  Fort VI to the east and  Fort VII to the west. Redoubt XII was constructed a little more to the east.

Construction & Armament – This concrete redoubt was constructed between 1910 and 1912. It is considered to be standard redoubt featuring artillery and secured the interval between two adjacent forts. The redoubt featured a wet moat but has only one floor. It is smaller than the design of the Hoofdweerstandstelling redoubt. One cupola was built in front of the redoubt: it had one 75mm gun installed. Two 75mm guns secured the intervals.

Armament – Veiligheidsomwalling Redoubt

  • 3x 75mm fortress gun

Current condition – Redoubt XI was completed when the Great War broke out in 1914. It is not known if it participated in any defensive actions. No traces of the redoubt were found on the former site.

Sources – Own elaboration; Gils, R.

Redoubt XI

Description – Redoubt XI of the Veiligheidsomwalling is a small redoubt located between Fort V Edegem to the east and Fort VI Wilrijkto the west. Redoubt Xwas constructed a little more to the east.

Construction & Armament – This concrete redoubt was constructed between 1910 and 1912. It is considered to be standard redoubt featuring artillery and secured the interval between two adjacent forts. The redoubt featured a wet moat but has only one floor. It is smaller than the design of the Hoofdweerstandstelling redoubt. One cupola was built in front of the redoubt: it had one 75mm gun installed. Two 75mm guns secured the intervals.

Armament – Veiligheidsomwalling Redoubt

  • 3x 75mm fortress gun

Current condition – Redoubt XI was completed when the Great War broke out in 1914. It is not known if it participated in any defensive actions. No traces of the redoubt were found on the former site and the a housing block has been built on this site.

Sources – Own elaboration; Gils, R.

Redoubt X

Description – Redoubt X of the Veiligheidsomwalling is a small redoubt located between  Fort V Edegem to the east and  Fort VI Wilrijk to the west. Redoubt XI was constructed a little more to the west.

Construction & Armament – This concrete redoubt was constructed between 1910 and 1912. It is considered to be standard redoubt featuring artillery and secured the interval between two adjacent forts. The redoubt featured a wet moat but has only one floor. It is smaller than the design of the Hoofdweerstandstelling redoubt. One cupola was built in front of the redoubt: it had one 75mm gun installed. Two 75mm guns secured the intervals.

Armament – Veiligheidsomwalling Redoubt

  • 3x 75mm fortress gun

Current condition – Redoubt X was completed when the Great War broke out in 1914. It is not known if it participated in any defensive actions. The redoubt still exists but lies in the middle of a housing block and can barely bee seen from the street.

Sources – Own elaboration; Gils, R.

Redoubt IX

Description – Redoubt IX of the Veiligheidsomwalling is a small redoubt located between Fort IV Mortsel to the north and Fort V Edegem to the west. Redoubt VIII was constructed a little more to the east.

Construction & Armament – This concrete redoubt was constructed between 1910 and 1912. It is considered to be standard redoubt featuring artillery and secured the interval between two adjacent forts. The redoubt featured a wet moat but has only one floor. It is smaller than the design of the Hoofdweerstandstelling redoubt. One cupola was built in front of the redoubt: it had one 75mm gun installed. Two 75mm guns secured the intervals.

Armament – Veiligheidsomwalling Redoubt

  • 3x 75mm fortress gun

Current condition – Redoubt IX was completed when the Great War broke out in 1914. It is not known if it participated in any defensive actions. No traces of the redoubt were found on the former site and the a housing block has been built on this site.

Sources – Own elaboration; Gils, R.

Redoubt VIII

Description – Redoubt VIII of the Veiligheidsomwalling is a small redoubt located between Fort IV Mortsel to the north and Fort V Edegem to the west. Redoubt VII was constructed a little more to the east. Between the redoubts ran the main road to Mechelen. Redoubt IX was built more to the west.

Construction & Armament – This concrete redoubt was constructed between 1910 and 1912. It is considered to be standard redoubt featuring artillery and secured the interval between two adjacent forts. The redoubt featured a wet moat but has only one floor. It is smaller than the design of the Hoofdweerstandstelling redoubt. One cupola was built in front of the redoubt: it had one 75mm gun installed. Two 75mm guns secured the intervals.

Armament – Veiligheidsomwalling Redoubt

  • 3x 75mm fortress gun

Current condition – Redoubt VIII was completed when the Great War broke out in 1914. It is not known if it participated in any defensive actions. No traces of the redoubt were found on the former site but its moat shape is still discernible on aerial photos.

Sources – Own elaboration; Gils, R.