Bunkercomplex Hoeverweg

Everyone driving over the Hoeverweg (N512) from Alkmaar to Egmond aan Zee passes halfway through the bunker village, which is located on the left side of the road when viewed from Alkmaar. Since July 2023, these bunkers have been owned by the Bunkerdorp Foundation. In addition to the plot being grazed by a herd of horses, the foundation has begun clearing and pruning on the site. Bunkerdag is the first time that the bunker village is open to everyone.

History
This bunkercomplex was built during World War II by the German occupiers as a defensive point for the former Bergen airfield used by them. The complex is located south of the airfield, and currently, 13 structures remain.

On the other side of the Hoeverweg, in the distance, is the former Bergen airfield. This airfield was established by the Dutch army in 1937 due to the threat of war. It primarily housed fighter planes. On May 10, 1940, the airfield was bombed by the Luftwaffe, and almost all Dutch planes were damaged. Only a few managed to escape. After the surrender to the Germans on May 15, 1940, the airfield fell into German hands and was used by them as Flugplatz Bergen until June 1944, shortly after D-Day.

During the German occupation of the airfield, it needed to be defended. Defensive positions, like those along the Hoeverweg south of the airfield, were built. A leichte Flak Feldzug was stationed in this position, with 2cm Flak (anti-aircraft cannons) positioned on the roofs of four bunkers. As in many positions around the airfield, the ammunition for a piece of artillery was stored in an ammunition bunker located within 10 meters of that artillery piece. Furthermore, the complex had a shelter for searchlights, provision bunkers, a water bunker, and a latrine bunker.

These bunkers were mainly Küver bunkers, which stands for Küsten Verteidigung (Coastal Defense). The term Küver was not used by the German occupiers, but is a recent designation for thin-walled bunkers used by the Luftwaffe. Küver bunkers are often found around Luftwaffe positions, such as airfields and radar installations.

Accessibility
Information about the accessibility will follow.
Wearing boots or suitable footwear is recommended for visitors.

other activities in the area

Canadian soldiers

Location: Egmond aan Zee
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Munitions bunker V.F. 7a – Bunkermuseum Jansje Schong

This type V.F. 7a munitions bunker is transformed into a small museum.
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Museum Bergen Airport

A visit to this location includes the former airfield, the airfield museum, the former 'befehlstand' (command post), WN 7 and the Flak bunker village to the north of the airfield.
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Re-enactment Airport Bergen

At the bunker there are 'soldiers' walking around in Canadian or American uniform. Feel free to ask them a question about Bergen Airport! They also brought their tent and radios.
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other activities in the area

Canadian soldiers

Location: Egmond aan Zee
Read more

Munitions bunker V.F. 7a – Bunkermuseum Jansje Schong

This type V.F. 7a munitions bunker is transformed into a small museum.
Read more

Museum Bergen Airport

A visit to this location includes the former airfield, the airfield museum, the former 'befehlstand' (command post), WN 7 and the Flak bunker village to the north of the airfield.
Read more

Re-enactment Airport Bergen

At the bunker there are 'soldiers' walking around in Canadian or American uniform. Feel free to ask them a question about Bergen Airport! They also brought their tent and radios.
Read more

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