On Saterday 24 mei 2014 there was a battlefield tour of STIWOT to defence position Kornwerderzand on the east side of Afsluitdijk. Here in May1940 German forces tried to break through the Dutch defence line in order to attack Northern-Holland and with that fortress Holland. But however this was just the point where the German Blitzkrieg came to a halt. Although the Germans captured statement Wons, they were holded at Kornwerderzand.
o reach the museum we had to we had to run up and down stairs along and under the highway on Afsluitdijk...

In the morning we made a tour through the museum, which began with a film presentation.

In the morning we made a tour through the museum, which began with a film presentation in which veterans tell about their experience when they were stationed at Kornwerderzand during mobilization and what they experienced in May 1940.

The museum grounds of the Casemate Museum Kornwerderzand.

Explanation by employees of the Casemate Museum and tour of the museum grounds.
Then we looked on the museum grounds, the Dutch and the German bunkers bunkers that were built during the occupation. Each and nicely decorated with dioramas and there was also a gun in a bunker and in a bunker.. What is the difference between a casemate and a bunker? You can just say that the Dutch were speaking of casemates and Germans of bunkers. The word casemat refers to the Italian casa matta and/or Spanish casa armata. Which are both derivatives of the old Byzantine understanding chasmata, idicating a fortress with loopholes. In modern Greace the word chasma is used for 'slit' or 'gap' refering to shoot slots in contention works. During the tour on the museum grounds of the Casemate Museum we saw a reconstructed casemate of position Wons, situated before Afsluitdijk to catch the first attack on position Kornwerderzand. 

German sentry and accommodations

The webmaster looking inside the casemat of Wons position

German bunker built during the occupation in the defence position Kornwerderzand.

Remembering the resistance in Friesland 1940-1945

The tail of a Lockheed Hudson FK 790 stands as a monument to a German bunker and recalls the fatal flight in the night of 5 July 6, 1944.

Herinnering aan de Canadese opmars die op 18 april 1945 Kornwerderzand bereikte
On the way along Lorenz locks to the other side of the Afsluitdijk, where we go to search for traces of war with our WWII archeologist.

Guided tour with our WWII archeologist along the Afsluitdijk

German bunker

On this place was a German anti-aircraft gun, with ammunition storage around. Below: such a gun might have stand here, a 20mm-Flakvierling. This is a photograph from 1943.

On several locations along the Afsluitdijk at Kornwerderzand we saw concrete höckers placed by the Germans to prevent an allied landing.
Bunker built during the Cold War in the years '50

Barrage built in the mobilization period.

German höckers along the Afsluitdijk.