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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.

Fort V Edegem

Description – Fort V is located near Mortsel but was built on soil of Edegem. It is a classic star-shaped brick Brialmont fort. It was built to protect the city of Antwerp from bombardement.

Construction & Armament – Fort V Edegem is considered to be a typical brick work Brialmont defensive structure and features a wet moat, a caponnière, two halve caponnière galleries and a central reduit.  Just before the great war it was reenforced with (unarmed) concrete since it became part of the veiligheidstelling (security defense line). A nearby railroad offered logistics.

Armament –

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Current condition – The fort itself is in good condition due the fact that the Belgian Army (ABL) continued to occupy the fort after the Second World War until 1975. Some parts have been demolished (Artillery entrance and officer’s building). The central reduit is in good condition and can be visited freely. The community of Edegem constructed some recreational sports fields. Some barracks of post-WO II occupation by the Belgian Army are still present and are home to several recreational associations.

Sources – Own elaboration; De Wit, G.