The hidden Fort near Edam

Frank van Drie
In the midst of a vast landscape, a small elevation is visible. It’s surrounded by a wide ditch lined with willows. Tucked away under that hill is the Fort near Edam. The idea was to hide this fortress from enemy eyes, especially when approached from the north.
At one point in time 255 officers and soldiers were stationed at the fort, armed with five cannons and nine machine guns. The main purpose of the Fort near Edam was to defend the Amsterdam area against attacks from the north. An essential aspect of this defensive system was the possibility to flood (inundate) the polders north of Edam. The grounds of the fortress with its original storage depot and fort watchman’s house, the wider vicinity (the fort’s field of fire) and the surrounding polders (the inundation area) have remained virtually unchanged.
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