Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Grebbeline: S3a casemate - GLZ055

Our village is situated in the Grebbeline. Around the German invasion in May 1940, the Grebbeline had been largely constructed behind vast inundations, after which a front line lay that was composed of classic trench works mixed with ferro and ferro-concrete casemates. One of them is located along the highway. My husband knew the place and he showed this old casemate to me: S3a Kazemat - GLZ055.

Ons dorp ligt vlak (of in) de Grebbelinie. Je kunt meer over de Grebbelinie lezen op de interessante site  Grebbelinie.nl. Eén van de betonnen bunkers ligt net buiten ons dorp tussen het fietspad en de snelweg. Het is de S3a Kazemat - GLZ055. Mijn man was er al eens langsgekomen met skeeleren. Hij liet hem zaterdagavond aan me zien. De bunker is helemaal ingebouwd. Erboven is de snelweg. Op de tweede foto zie je als je goed kijkt een stukje blauw verkeersbord.


This casemate had three loopholes with a lap of 190 degrees and consisted of 80 cm reinforced concrete. In the casemate was a machine gun type Lewis M20 Lewis. I always thought the Germans built these casemates but now I know better. Interested? You can read more about the battle of the Grebbeberg HERE.

Deze bunker had drie schietgaten met een schootveld van 190 graden. En zoals je ziet bestaat het uit gewapend beton. In de kazemat stond een lichte mitrailleur van het type Lewis M20 die toen eigenlijk achterhaald was. Door geldgebrek van ons leger werd dit wapen toch ingezet. Kijk voor verdere info op de BUNKERSITE.


Dutch casualties were heavy. In total, 18 officers and 399 NCOs and men had lost their lives during the three days of battle. You can see my two pictures of the Military War Cemetery
Grebbeberg HERE.  German casualties were lower, but this has led to some contention since many eye-witness reports do not match those figures that the Germans released. The official number is 238 KIA, but estimates move between 250 and 300 killed.

Je kunt mijn foto's van de militaire begraafplaats op de Grebbeberg zien door op bovenstaande link te klikken. Zoveel militairen sneuvelden!


When I looked up, I saw on top of the casemate beautiful flowers, herbs and grasses against a blue sky. The splendor of nature and the memory of a painful past meet each other. Never again, please.

Bovenop de bunker groeien nu allerlei mooie bloemen, kruiden en grassen. Ik moest helemaal omhoogkijken om deze foto te nemen. De pracht van de natuur èn de herinnering aan een pijnlijk verleden ontmoeten elkaar.

18 comments:

  1. you live in the inteesting place of the world

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  2. De Grebbelinie, ja dat is een gedenkwaardige plaats, er is daar hard gestreden. Je hebt er wel mooie foto's van gemaakt.
    Groet Kees.

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  3. Wow, this was so very interesting to read. All the history of your area comes to life for us through you camera and narrative.

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  4. Wow! In the midst of that painful history, is God's amazing mystery,of Hope and renewal.
    He continues to heal and His truth continues to teach us to rise above adversity.A very profound moment my friend. God bless you. Shine!

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  5. So glad you found the beauty in this spot. And thank you for sharing the history.

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  6. Yes, never again, please! What a good reminder as you are riding your bike in a now peaceful land. We will never forget the sacrifices made for us to be free.

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  7. Amen! We will never forget the people of many nations who fought and died for our freedom. And we pray - Never Again!

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  8. Such a fascinating post, and lovely photos.

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  9. Well, as an historian, I find this extremely interesting. There must be a lot of these kinds of WWII places around Europe! Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Interesting history lesson. Now it looks so peaceful but there is always a reminder for us to remember. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Such history! Thank you for sharing this!

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  12. Thanks for the interesting history lesson.
    Beautiful flowers and grasses against the blue sky.

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  13. Mooie foto's heb je gemaakt.
    Veel leed geweest daar.

    Je laatste zin : De pracht van de natuur èn de herinnering aan een pijnlijk verleden ontmoeten elkaar.

    Is mooi.

    Groettie van Patricia.

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  14. This is an interesting historic site. I have read Corrie ten Boom's story of the German occupation of Holland. It also grieves me to see the Civil War sites in Georgia, and remember the terrible loss of life my home state.

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  15. Such history! Isn't it heart warming to see such beautiful plants and greenery rise from such devastation.

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  16. It would be wonderful if peace would reign throughout the world. I think we are all tired of the cycles of war, peace, more war, peace...

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  17. Very interesting. Thank you for sharing.

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