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Knickebein K5 Korteven

Generator building for radio level system Knickebein.

System developed by Tefunken and in 1939 three stations were built in Germany.
One on the Danish border, the next in Kleve on the Dutch border and one on the Swiss border.
Two stations were built in the Netherlands, one in Julianadorp (Den Helder) and one at Korteven. The foundation of the newer stations was thirty meters. In total, thirteen stations were built.

The German bombers used the system to determine their position over England. The intersecting radio signals transmitted their position with an accuracy of 1500 to 2500 meters. The system was discovered by the British in June 1940 and could be disrupted afterwards.

The successor of this system achieved an accuracy of around 100 meters.

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  • Text: Adri Kramer
  • Photos: Adri Kramer