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Fort Eben-Emael

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Location type: Fort
Location address: België, Luik, Bassenge,Eben-Emael
Number of texts: 2
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Made by | Reference Scargill | © CC 3.0
Made by | Reference | © CC 3.0

Fort Eben-Emael (French: Fort d’Ében-Émael) is an inactive Belgian fortress located between Liège and Maastricht, on the Belgian-Dutch border, near the Albert Canal. It was designed to defend Belgium from a German attack across the narrow belt of Dutch territory in the region. Constructed in 1931–1935, it was reputed to be impregnable and at the time, the largest in the world. The fort was successfully neutralized by glider-borne German troops (56 men) on 10 May 1940 during the Second World War. The action cleared the way for German ground forces to enter Belgium, unhindered by fire from Eben-Emael. Still the property of the Belgian Army, the fort has been preserved and may be visited.

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Het Fort van Eben-Emael werd gebouwd tussen de Eerste en de Tweede Wereldoorlog en werd beschouwd als het sterkste fort ter wereld. De Duitse aanvallers slaagden er echter in om in WO II het fort in recordtijd van een kwartier het fort uit te schakelen en na een anderhalve dag belegering moest het fort capituleren.

Het Fort van Eben-Emael werd als decor gebruikt in de TV serie “De Smaak van de Keyser”. Alfred en George komen hier in 1939 na hun mobilisatie tot de Duitsers het fort innemen.

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