During demolition work on a bridge in Nederweert, a ‘asparagus‘ from the Second World War was discovered by chance.
An asparagus arrangement consists of a concrete construction in the road surface, with square holes in it. The racks were intended to prevent German tanks or other military vehicles from moving further. When approaching a vehicle, a number of heavy steel beams (asparagus) were placed in these holes upright.
Just before the war, the Dutch army made a series of these statements to stop an invasion. The so-called Peel-Raamstelling ran from Grave, right through the Peel and along the Zuid-Willemsvaart to the Belgian border at Weert. A number of tank blocks still exist. Some have the status of National Monument. But it almost never happens that one is found just like that.
The discovery of the asparagus geposition at the Noordervaart in Nederweert is based on pure coincidence, reports 1Limburg. Work is being done there on a new bridge over the Noordervaart. Two weeks ago, when the preparations for the demolition of the old bridge began, an attentive local resident recognized the construction for the asparagus structure. It turned out to be hidden under the road, right against the bridge.
Tuesday the demolition continues
The resident engaged the municipal Heritage Commission. He is now doing a lightning investigation, because Rijkswaterstaat plans to continue the demolition of the old bridge next Tuesday.
question is what will happen to the asparagus system. The Heritage Commission points out on the local website Nederweert24 that the tank barrier is not only a historical object, but also fits into a route along touritic-recreational projects from the Second World War.
When the Germans entered the area, on May 10, 1940, the theorems did not work out much. Some of them were not closed on time. Here and there, the Germans drove around it.