Scheldt Battery South

Description – The Scheldt Battery South was part of the Veiligheidsomwalling. It is unique redoubt located between  Redoubt XVIII to the east and  the river Scheldt the west. Fort VIII Hoboken is found to the north but was not included in the defensive positions. The battery served as the redoubt equivalent of coastal defenses as its counterpart in the north.

Construction & Armament – This concrete redoubt was constructed between 1910 and 1912. It is considered to have an unique design with elements of the standard redoubts featuring artillery. It is an asymmetrical structure with two cupolas built in front. It had only one flank with 75mm guns installed. A similar design would be applied to the northern Scheldt battery.

Armament – Scheldt Battery

  • 2x 75mm fortress gun
  • ?x 75mm fortress gun

Current condition – This battery was completed when the Great War broke out in 1914 but it is not known if it participated in any defensive actions. It was demolished and converted into an industrial storage site.

Sources – Own elaboration; Gils, R.