Jump to content
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Sign in to follow this  
Joris

The IJssel Line at Arnhem - Concrete Sherman Tank Bunkers

Recommended Posts

In Arnhem, an area called "Meinerswijk" was off limits to everybody during the early years of the cold war. It was part of a secret Dutch defensive line to stop the Soviets called the "IJssel-line, named after the nearby IJssel river which forks off the Rhine river.

The idea was to stop the flow of the Rhine river by pushing in a concrete box (caisson) and sink it in the middle of the river, causing the Rhine river to flood which would create a water barrier that could not be penetrated by Russian armor. 

Since the Netherlands was still rebuilding the damage from World War II there were not enough resources to build proper bunker so aging Sherman tanks were used as part of the defensive works. All non-essential parts were removed, engine, tracks etc and then they were set in concrete and then dug in on elevated positions. The main gun was removed and exchanged for a machine gun and the crew would live inside the engine compartment. 

The line was activated in 1954 and deactivated in 1964 when the Dutch Army realized it was a rather pointless way of defending "Fortress Holland".

In the Meinerswijk area, 14 of these tank bunkers were placed of which now just 4 remain.  

One of the remaining Shermans:

59d22fed11675_2017-10-0114_23_40.thumb.jpg.50186157c06f9f44954fe34157807ace.jpg

Just to show you the high ground on which the Sherman has been placed. 

59d23017f331a_2017-10-0114_18_32.thumb.jpg.c02a73854da534e713c4677aee50f120.jpg

Another Sherman:

59d2309e90dc2_2017-10-0114_14_34.thumb.jpg.70d240d4d2171c78538b983aadf278b7.jpg

Some of other defensive works in the area, a gate that could be used to let the water in (or out).

59d230ec6725a_2017-10-0114_04_02.thumb.jpg.c40f090559051d97ed37045781bcf752.jpg

A bridge which also served as a dam.

59d2311862163_2017-10-0114_05_55.thumb.jpg.7351b32481b7fec5cf53d4ad98b9a1d9.jpg

 

2017-10-01 14.14.57.jpg

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

Sign in to follow this  



×