Experience the Kazematten
The Kazematten, Bunkers and Surroundings
In 1921 it was decided to construct the Afsluitdijk. In order to protect the ´Holland Stronghold´, the Department of War wanted extra defences placed at the northern end of the Afsluitdijk. That is the reason why the fortifications: the casemates were built.
At first the Germans were not very interested in the installation and it served as a guarded crossing and control post. There were coastguards posted there and German Military Border police. When the Germans started to lose the War (defeat at El Alamein and Stalingrad) the installation was fully manned in 1943.
In the Kazemattenmuseum there are exhibitions and stories about the period of the building of the Afsluitdijk until the ‘Cold war’ period. The reason for these exhibitions is to address and keep alive the knowledge about the historical events that took place around Kornwerderzand.
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