The Netherlands / Fortification
Sanderbout Fortress in the historic centre of Sittard was probably built around 1500. It is the only visible bastion of Sittard's old fortifications. During the Second World War, the fortress housed the largest air-raid shelter in Sittard.
After the liberation in September 1944, the frontline came to a halt just north of the town and the Germans bombarded Sittard relentlessly. During this 'shelling period' from October 1944 to January 1945, hundreds of inhabitants found refuge in the underground passages. Life and death were closely intertwined in those days. This is evident from the birth of a child. For a moment, the fortress even served as a delivery room.
Fort Sanderbout 10 Sittard