Antwerp (Walloon: Anvers) is a city in Belgium and the capital of Antwerp province. With a population of 510,610, it is the most populous city in Flanders. Its metropolitan area houses around 1,200,000 people.

Antwerp is on the River Scheldt, linked to the North Sea by the Westerschelde estuary. The Port of Antwerp is one of the biggest in the world, ranking second in Europe and within the top 20 globally.

Antwerp in The Hot War[]

In spite of all of NATO's precautions, the Soviet Union managed to evade all security measures, and drop an atomic bomb on Antwerp in September 1951. Belgian Prime Minister Joseph Pholien held American President Harry Truman responsible for the breach of security.[1]

Antwerp in The Man With the Iron Heart[]

Antwerp was the site of a terrorist attack by the German Freedom Front. In 1948, U.S. Congressman Sam Rayburn reminded the American public of Antwerp's fate and warned that it could happen in America if people were not careful.[2]

Antwerp in "Uncle Alf"[]

Antwerp was a Flemish-speaking city in occupied Belgium. Feldgendarmerie agent Adolf Hitler, to explain away his German accent, claimed to be Koppensteiner, a merchant from Antwerp, when undercover in Lille, France in May 1929.


  1. Fallout, p. 187-188.
  2. The Man With the Iron Heart, p. 460.