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Porcupine casemate at Venlo bridge - may 1940

This casemate at the Venlo bridge shows the marks of sacrifice. The wooden structure around the concrete stronghold was intended to hold the camouflage nets around the position. The casemate itself was targetted by machineguns and artillery. Although the defences at this point eventually yielded, the German assault party and pioneers paid a huge price for their local success. No less than about 30 men got killed at this location. Yet the extensive damage of the casemate shows its vulnerability to direct fire.

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