This site is 'under construction'
UNIFIL: De Posten
The Dutch Unifilpositions
Dutchbatt / Dutchcoy
From 1979 until 1985 almost 9000 Dutch soldiers served with Unifil. First as Dutchbatt and from 1983 onwards as a reinforced company (Dutch Infantry Coy).
During those six years, these Dutch soldiers manned more then one hundred positions large and small, and roadblocks. On top of that, several houses in Haris were used by Dutchbatt .
The aim of this website is to offer an overview as complete as possible of all those Dutch positions. This is done by presenting for each individual position, as much information as possible, combined with pictures and maps.
The first step is to make the information that has been collected until now available as fast as possible for the Dutch visitors. At some later stage English translations of all the webpages will be added. So for the time being, non Dutch-speaking visitors of this site will be on a disadvantage. To make the website sligthly more accessible, the structure and the contents of the site will be explained in the following paragraphs.
To start with: the translation of the menu is as follows:
|Waarom deze website?||Why this website?|
|Hoe werkt deze website?||How does this website work?|
|Lijst met posten||List of positions|
|Nieuw op de site||New on the site|
Why this website?
The idea for this website originated from our trip to the former Dutch AO in May 2010. As there doesn't exist a complete overview of all Dutch positions nor information on the present status of all those 100+ positions, starting this website seemed a challenge.
This website is primarely aimed at providing Dutch veterans with information on 'their' positions.
How does this website
By clicking on 'lijst met posten' the visitor is shown a list with all known Dutch positions. For each position a seperate file has been compiled, that can be reached by clicking on the number or name of the position.
Each file has the same structure: the name of the position (or in some cases the name of the village where it was located), the location (as far as possible a map is included: the symbols are linked to other positions) and the function of the position. Then some information is given about the garrisson, a list of subpositions (when applicable) and a description of the position.
After that the history of the position is described. First the pre-Dutcbatt era (voor Dutchbatt), then the Dutch period (Dutchbatt/Dutchcoy) and lastly that what happened to the position after the Dutch troops left (na Dutchbatt/Dutchcoy).
The file ends with a description of the position as it is today (nu, vanaf 2010) and wether it is possible to visit the location of the position (bezoekmogelijkheden).
Where available, pictures are added to the files.
This links to a list of geographical names and nicknames of the positions themselves. Each individual name links to a file.
New on the site is just what it says: a list of what has been added during the previous weeks.
Sources is, again, just what it says: a comprehensive description of the different types of sources and the way in which sources are mentioned in the files.