Redoubt Letterheide

Description – The redoubt of Letterheide was constructed in the southern sector of the Antwerp Fortified Position between Fort Liezele to the east and Fort Breendonk to the west. It is considered to be a standard concrete redoubt of the hoofdweerstandstelling. It did not participate in fighting during the Great War.

Construction & Armament – This concrete redoubt was constructed between 1909 and 1912. It was a standard design featuring several artillery pieces. The redoubt featured a wet moat and during war time the garrison entailed units from nearby forts.  One cupola was built in front of the redoubt: it had one 75mm gun installed. It was part of the hoofdweerstandstelling; its main task was to secure the intervals between the forts.

Armament – Hoofdweerstandstelling Redoubt

  • 4x 120mm fortress gun
  • 5x 75mm fortress gun

Commander 1914 – Capt. Demeur

Current condition – The redoubt of Letterheide saw only limited action during the siege of Antwerp in 1914. On October 6th the garrison deserted their positions except for captain Demeur and a handful of defenders who wished to surrender. The commander of Fort Liezele threatened to fire upon Redoubt Letterheide if they would do so. The surrender proved detrimental for the morale of Fort Breendonk. During the interbellum it was not refitted. The redoubt was used as a gathering park by the local community. Somewhere between 2009 and 2013 the redoubt was demolished.

Sources – Own elaboration; Gils, R. ; (http://breendonk800.weebly.com)