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Bunker K-2 Border Defence Bocholt-Herentals Canal

Bunker K-2 Border Defence Bocholt-Herentals Canal
Built in 1937 by Devreux Entreprise Générales in Ghent
Of the 11 originally built thin-walled anti-tank bunkers with cannon, so-called K-bunkers, 2 can still be visited. These bunkers were built from 1937 at the bridges over the canal. They were equipped with a 47mm gun on a field carriage, so that the guns could be placed both indoors and outdoors. There were also at least 2 Cointets, Belgian ports, present per K-bunker. With these steel racks on rollers, access to the bridges was blocked in the event of an alarm. Of the total of 5 K bunkers with a concrete bridge, this is the only one left.
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