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History of the bridge and area: 200 metre of the DUTCH borders
The hamlet was created after the digging of de Lieve (1251-1262). This canal crossed the river Eede, and this culvert was known as' t Konduit.
In 1831 a fort was built here, called the Fort te Strobrugge. This resulted from the Belgian war of secession and was aimed at repelling any attack from the north.
From 1843-1852, the Leopold Canal was dug at Strobrugge and north of the Lieve. As a result, the earthen walls of the fort disappeared. The barracks and warehouse were demolished in 1852. In 1850, to the south of the Lieve, the Schipdonk Canal was dug, which partly ran parallel to the Leopold Canal. De Lieve disappeared as such. This the original Strobrugge also disappeared.
As part of the First World War, from 1916 the Germans also built the Hollandstelling along these canals. During World War II, bunkers of the German Zweitestelling were created here, which were to prevent the advance of the Allies in case they broke through the Atlantic Wall from the north. Remains of bunkers from both periods are still present.
The strategic location of Strobrugge caused fierce fighting and considerable destruction during the advance of the Allies from the south, in September 1944.
Strobrugge, which was located just south of the Belgian-Dutch border, was given a customs office, which was closed in 1972 and then converted into a residential house. A new office was built near the border. Also, in 1972, the bridges over the canals, consisting of improvised Bailey bridges for a long time after the Second World War, were modernized.
The construction of the new bridges was accompanied by the relocation of the main road N410 slightly to the east. Part of the Aardenburgkalseide, parallel to the relocated traffic road and enclosed by both canals, is still called Strobrugge.

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Camera Model
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
File Size
29,6MB
Shooting Date/Time
13/08/2020 12:00:41
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Shooting Mode
Manual Exposure
Tv(Shutter Speed)
1/60
Av(Aperture Value)
13
ISO Speed
100
Lens
EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
Focal Length
24.0mm
Image Size
5760x3840
Image Quality
RAW
Picture Style
Landscape

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