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Festung Hoek van Holland

The Festung Hoek van Holland was probably the strongest point in the Atlantikwall in the Netherlands. It stretched from the village of Monster in the north, to the other side of the Nieuwe Waterweg near Oostvoorne. Two heavy coastal batteries were built here, M.S.B. Brandenburg (2 x 24 cm) and M.S.B. Rozenburg (3 x 28 cm). Together with 3 more coastal batteries, 3 heavy Flak batteries and many other defensive postions the Nieuwe Waterweg could be defended until the last bullet. Because of the enormous expension of the Rotterdam harbour since 1945, all the bunkers in the southern part of the Festung have been destroyed. This includes the impressive Kernwerk where 52 bunkers were built on not more than 1,5 square kilometers. However in the northern part one can still find interesting locations. Although glass houses have covered most of the Westland area, big parts of the Landfront still survive but are hard to see. Some inland batteries were demolished and in the last couple of years several bunkers on the eastern Landfront were demolished. Additional pictures by Henk Adriaanse.

Festung Hoek van Holland

The 611 in mirror of Wn 17 covering the entrance to the Nieuwe Waterweg.