Albert Canal Bunker Demolished

Discussion in '1940' started by Rich Payne, Nov 25, 2013.

  1. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter 1940 Obsessive

    There is no explanation of the reasons (presumably development of the site) but they've just demolished one of the Belgian Bunkers which defended a set of locks on the Albert Canal in Hasselt prior to 1940 (The canal itself had a defensive intention).


    http://www.hbvl.be/limburg/hasselt/bunker-uit-woii-wordt-afgebroken-video.aspx


    Bloody vandals. At least the reinforcing work gave them a hard time :)
     
  2. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    They don't build 'em like that anymore !

    Any idea if the bunker had a specific name? I suspect it will get a mention if it saw some action in May 1940.
     
  3. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter 1940 Obsessive

    I don't think it will have seen action. The Germans crossed the canal further south and would have passed behind it on the way to the Dyle. Nevertheless, it was one of those things that I regularly saw and it always gave me a bit of '1940' feeling part-way through the working day. It does have a surviving twin and there is another one close to the lock in Genk so they are still about.
     
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