Nieuwpoort’s sluice complex is better known as ‘De Ganzepoot’ or ‘Goose foot’. Their name refers to the complex’s shape. It played a crucial role during World War I. In October 1914, the open sluices ensured the flooding of the IJzer plains. Because of that the advance of the German troops came to an end. Because of the sluices, the area remained submerged for the rest of the war.
In 2014 Westfront Nieuwpoort visitor centre opened, so that visitors can learn more about the role of the complex and flooding during the First World War.
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