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Bunker 8 Border Defence Bocholt-Herentals Canal

Bunker 8 Border Defence Bocholt-Herentals Canal

Started in 1933 by contractor Hargot and completed in 1935 by Couck André in Liederkerke.
This bank bunker is suitable for one Maxim machine gun and one machine gun Browning F.M. The firing opening for the F.M. was not protected by a projecting concrete oreillon. Bunker 6f has the same layout but mirrored.
This bunker was deployed by the I/1e CH.CH. at Camp van Beverloo (bunker 1f to 10)

This bunker is part of the forward position that was constructed during the interbellum along the Limburg canals. This Grensstelling consists of the Zuid-Willemsvaart, the Bocholt-Herentals canal section and the Briegden-Neerharen connecting canal. This starts at Mol, after which it goes east along Lommel, Neerpelt via Bocholt, Bree, Neeroeteren, Maasmechelen to Lanaken west of Maastricht. There were a total of 72 bunkers for defence; of which 44 flanking bank bunkers, 11 gun bunkers, 7 heavy bunkers and 10 machine gun bunkers. 

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  • Text: Geert-Jan van Glabbeek
  • Photos: Geert-Jan van Glabbeek