The Widerstandsnest 53 complex, to which these three bunkers belong, formed the northwestern Sperre access point to the Festung Hoek van Holland. Various types of bunkers can be found in the immediate vicinity. For example, to the east of the N211 is a residential area built on several small mounds that hide 3 barracks bunkers, 2 munitions bunkers and a kitchen/mess hall combination.
A type 501 barracks bunker can be found in the tea garden at the Intratuin garden centre. This was a simple type of bunker that provided shelter for 9 soldiers and 1 officer, the smallest unit in the German army, called a 'Gruppe'. Each soldier had a space of 2m2, which had to include furniture. They slept in 3-high bunk beds, had cupboards for their personal effects and used tables and stools to sit at. A stove was also installed for heating and cooking.
Hidden further towards the back of the tea garden is a type 676 cannon bunker. This bunker has a 2 metre thick roof made of reinforced concrete. Many of the German infantry bunkers were designed to house a mobile anti-tank cannon - artillery weapons that could be ridden from location to location.
We conclude with a visit to a former kitchen bunker. Inside the W.N. 53 H we find two kitchens and one mess hall. The kitchens were built mainly of brick and in some cases fortified with concrete floors and roofs.
Employees of the Fort aan den Hoek van Holland Foundation will be available during your visit to provide detailed information about all the bunkers.