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Field System still present in Holland during the 1940's:

This is IJmuiden in Holland in 1943. One thing you may notice, across many of the pictures on this page, is the almost complete absence of any trees or bushes in Holland at the time. It's as though much of Holland was a blank canvas. It takes about 50-80 years for barren land to be naturally re-populated with trees, bushes and shrubs, so much of Holland may have been underwater far more recently than we are led to believe.

Ooost, Holland, 1943. Note the 'floorboard' field system in this area.

3 feb 1945 - Zwijndrecht Kille, Holland

Same area as above - 3 feb 1945 - Zwijndrecht Kille, Holland

Feb 1945 - Andijk, Holland - This pic is particularly interesting, it shows how exactingly the field system was laid out in Holland. It almost looks like two seperate photos - but it isn't. It also shows that the ground was still drying out, or maybe it was translucent soil in this area. The small buildings at regular intervals in the top half of the picture are interesting too, these have been observed in vintage aerial photographs in other parts of the world - and may well have been either some kind of ogg, or structures built by ourselves on the sites of previous oggs. They may yeild further clues as to the purpose of the field system.

An area of stunning 'jigsaw' type field system at Leihoek-Niedorper, Holland. This clearly illustrates how there were canals and water channels running through every field. Note the way we have simply moved into the central part of the area, built a road into and out of the town and built houses in a few of the fields - that were already there.
This 'jigsaw' field system may well have become the 'wet' field system if left underwater for long enough. There are similarities between the two, which we'll look at when I get round to doing the wet field systems section in The Field System.

26 feb 45 - Medemblik, Holland. Triangulated canals serve three differing types of field system here - jigsaw at the bottom, standard dry in the middle and what I assume to have been fields 'under development' at the top. Again the land here is still drying out after being underwater. The canals would have been less 'crusty-edged' in the days of The StarCiv.

26 feb 45 - Petten-Hoogwoud, Holland

Unknown, Holland 1945. Bomb those field systems, eh?