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Maas-Line - (B) Casemate S-54 Elsloo

This three-man bunker, type 'porcupine', was part of the defense system at the bridge over the Juliana Canal. It is the last of the 45 concrete casemates that the Dutch Army built in 1939-1940 as a "Julianakanaal" line (part of the Maas line) between Maastricht and Echt. During the German attack, the crew consisted of a soldier who operated the machine gun, his assistant and a lookout to take care of the fan against the gunpowder fumes.

The Germans fired nine rounds at this bunker. All impacts hit target and are still visible. The machine gun was thereby disabled.

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  • Text: TracesOfWar
  • Photos: Patrick Peeters