Holland, Zuid Holland, Moordrecht.
Moordrecht, 5e Tochtweg.
WBN, KVA Dordrecht, Stp. Gouda, Vordere Wasserstellung, position 550.

Besides the tunnel under the railway track Gouda-Den Haag at the 5e Tochtweg in Moordrecht lies a gun emplacement and a Fa personnel shelter.

The "Erste or Vordere Wasserstellung" was a German line about 30-50 km's land inwards behind the dunes to slow down advancing enemy troops. In case of a landing on the Dutch coast and a break trough, they could fall back on this prepared stopping line from Amsterdam-Alphen a/d Rijn-Gouda-Dordrecht-Moerdijk-Roosendaal. The Germans used the technique of inundation, by setting parts of the land underwater about 60cm deep. They also made light defence objects like small gun emplacements, barbed wire lines and mine fields to close the gaps in between.

During building activities in 2011 for a tunnel under the railway track the builder discovered some concrete and at the end they found a complete gun emplacement. The municipally Zuidplas, where Moordrecht to belongs, decided to move the emplacement 4 meter aside to preserve the object and to make the tunnel possible. Great compliments for the municipally of Zuidplas for this solution! In the slope of the railway track lies also a small personnel shelter.
Now in 2013 the building activities of the tunnel are finished the emplacement is fully visible with also the personnel shelter.

1x Gun emplacement for 4,7cm PAK. (version: 2x ammo niches, 1x exit, 1x ramp)
1x Fa personnel.
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12/2011 upd 2/2013

See other locations in the Vordere Wasserstellung: Alphen a/d Rijn, Boskoop, Waddinxveen, Gouda, Moordrecht.
© bunkerpictures - Gun emplacement and shelter
© bunkerpictures - Gun emplacement