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.