Description – Fort I was located in Wijnegem close to Antwerp. It was built to secure the access to the city guarding the main road to Turnhout and the Campine Canal.
Construction & Armament – This fort was a premier example of a Brialmont brick fort. It features a moat with water and a central reduit.
Commander 1914 – Capt. Raulier
Current condition – During the initial phase of the Great War and the siege of Antwerp in 1914 a part of the garrison left the fort. The fort commander and 70 other men remained so Fort II Wommelgem had to intervene. 100 additional soldier were dispatched. It was demolished in 1959 by the Pauwels construction firm.
Sources – Own elaboration