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Maginotbunker on the Zwarteberg

Maginotbunker on the Zwarteberg

Maginotbunker on the Zwarteberg

At the foot of the French side of the Zwarteberg lies a series of bunkers from the Maginot Line, including this example from 1938.

The French Maginot Line was built between the two world wars on the border with Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany. The defense line aimed to protect France against German surprise attacks.


However, the Maginot Line collapsed like a house of cards when Germany attacked France via the Belgian Ardennes. There, the line was barely extended. France surrendered in June 1940.

Casemate in Sint-Jans-Cappel

The Maginot Line consisted of anti-tank barriers, observation bunkers, casemates and larger strongholds such as Ouvrage du Simserhof.

One of the 365 casemates was built in the French Sint-Jans-Cappel on the Zwarteberg. The dome that housed a machine gun is still on top of the bunker.

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