World War 1 battery Antwerpen

Updated november 5 2018

Located East of the well known and still existing battery Aachen at Raversijde, there are still some artifacts to see.


-Work started on November 25 1914.
-6x 10.5cm guns.
-2x 10.5cm SK L45 M.P.L. C/1906 with range of 12.7km.
-4x 10.5cm SK L/45 M.P.L. C/1912
-Placed into rectangular emplacements.   During WW2 4 emplacements still existed.  They probably do today and 1 has been re-descovered.
-Two observation post were located here, one East and one West from the battery, they have disappeared.
-Baracs were placed here to house soldiers.
-Used to participate into a shooting on Nieuwpoort Bad on May 9 1915 together with batteries Aachen and Cécilie.
-The battery has been hit by a bombardement on October 8 1916 with 4 people killed and 3 wounded.
-Participating in July 1917 with operation 'Strandfest'.
-November 1917: two guns moved to Zeebrugge.  Later another one followed.
-No other guns were delivered and the battery was evacuated and destroyed.  A planned Flak battery was never installed.

(Sources: Marinekorps Flandern - Johan Thyheul; Le premier 'Mur de l'Atlantique - Franck Vernier; De Kust Bezet 1914-1918 - Alex Deseyne)

Google Earth map with WW2 overlay of the site.  The A.W.B discovered one 10.5cm emplacement, another 'small bunker' and maybe another 'wellblech' bunker on this site.
Other bunkers have been demolished.

After intervention it became clear that the large bunker would not be demolished.

WW1 view of the bunker with another construction, maybe used for ammunition.  Only a few WW1 pictures from the battery Antwerpen are known to exist.
This picture comes from Alex Deseyne, 'De Kust Bezet 1914-1918'.


Right, the postion of one 10.5cm emplacement, largely coverde by grass.  The other 3 emplacements are probably still there.(initially there were probably 6.)




Inside the wellblech bunker.  Emergency exit below.


I discovered a small concrete bunker not far away from the large 'Wellblech' bunker. This looks like some guard house.


Situation 2018.

Some kind of 'Wellblech' but maybe constructed from post war materials.



From the backside, some kind of flak emplacement is visible, but I have great doubts this is from WW1.

Comparison picuture 'then and now'.

On the B/W picture, no flak emplacement is visible, maybe WW2 ?   But this has not been confirmed.  It is still a mistery.
The B/W picture comes from Johan Ryheul's exellent book 'Marinekorps Flandern'.
At the left hand side there's another bunker, is this the same construction as the picture above ?


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