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.
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.