|Classification|||||A.08.4. Historical and Military Sites, Military Fortifications and Sites|
|Instangible Aspects|||||Rare example of a fortification erected by a community.|
|Refences|||||Official Gazette 1552, No. 237, 1950. Vogt, Andreas, "National Monuments in Namibia", Windhoek 2004, p.115-116.|
|Legal Status|||||Declared as National Monument on 03.10.1950 by the Historical Monuments Commission for South West Africa (HMC).|
Small, but robust tower. White plaster. Machicolated top, stable steel door, loopholes. There was a water pipeline leading to it..
Between 1860 and 1870 Otjimbingwe has been attacked by Jan Jonker Afrikaners men. In 1867 one was succesfully repulsed by Dr Carl Hugo Hahn and Fr. Green from the Rhenish Missionary Trade Company. Fearing retaliation, the entire Herero-speaking community left the settlement. Lacking their protection, the Europeans errected the Powder Magazine in 1872 as a store room for ammunition, weapons and food. It was used successful as a fortification in several attacks.