- Article by Gerd Van der Auwera
- Published on April 19th, 2013
In order to understand the construction of the fort we need to look back to the 19th century and more specifically, to the year 1871. The Franco- German war had ended with Germany’s victory and unification. Belgium, a young state only in existence since 1839, feared that Germany and France would go to war again in the future. Due to the construction of French and German lines of fortification on both sides of the new border, Belgium feared that their neighbours would be tempted to fight on its territory. In order to prevent this, large concrete forts were constructed around Antwerp, Liège and Namur. The twelve forts around Liège were directed against Germany, the nine fortresses around Namur were directed against France and Antwerp was made the military headquarters.