Category Archives: Redoubt

A redoubt is a fortified position built on a strategic location. Dimensions my vary but as a rule of thumb it does not have a permanent garrison.

Redoubt Bosbeek

Description – The redoubt of Bosbeek is located close east of the village Sint-Katelijne-Waver. It lies close to the redoubt of Dorpveld to the west. Further to the east lies the fort of Koningshooikt. It is a unique half redoubt and mirrors the design of Dorpveld; both were built to secure access to the village and guarded the road to Antwerp. Both redoubts are part of the hoofdweerstandstelling.

Construction & Armament – This concrete redoubt was constructed between 1909 and 1912 just before the outbreak of the Great War and in tandem with Dorpveld. It is thus one of two half redoubts in existence. It features a wet moat and only one side (flank) is armed with artillery pieces (2x 120mm and 2x75mm). One cupola was built in front of the redoubt: it had one 75mm gun installed.

Armament – Half Redoubt

  • 2x 120mm fortress gun
  • 3x 75mm fortress gun

Current condition – The redoubt of Bosbeek was involved in heavy fighting during the siege of Antwerp in 1914 as was its counterpart Dorpveld. Shelling by 305mm and 420mm artillery close to the redoubt took place. The redoubt was left relativity undamaged. During the interbellum it was refitted with heavy machine guns. Since 1998 is has become a protected heritage site. Much of the redoubt has been overgrown and access is quite difficult. The redoubt is private property.

Sources – Own elaboration; Gils, R.

Redoubt Dorpveld

Redoubt Dorpvel
Redoubt Dorpvel

Description – The redoubt of Dorpveld is located south of the village Sint-Katelijne-Waver. It lies close to the redoubt of Bosbeek to the east. To the west one finds the forts of Sint-Katelijne-Waver and Walem. Is is a unique half redoubt and mirrors the design of Bosbeek. Both defended the village and a main road to Antwerp. It is a part of the hoofdweerstandstelling.

Construction & Armament – This concrete redoubt was constructed between 1909 and 1912 just before the outbreak of the Great War. It is one of two half redoubts in existence. It features a wet moat and only one side (flank) is armed with artillery pieces (2x 120mm and 2x75mm). One cupola was built in front of the redoubt: it has one 75mm gun installed.

Armament – Half Redoubt

  • 2x 120mm fortress gun
  • 3x 75mm

Current condition – The redoubt of Dorpveld was involved in heavy fighting during the siege of Antwerp in 1914. Shelling by 305mm and 420mm artillery close to the redoubt took place, but it held out for one week against overwhelming odds. Its defenders fought to the last man even after they ran short of ammunition. In 1931 a monument was erected commemorating their valiant sacrifice. The redoubt, although a bit damaged is well worth a visit since it was restored to good condition. During the interbellum it was upgraded with heavy machine guns. Today it is private property but the main features are easy to see from a distance.

Sources – Own elaboration; Gils, R.