The Maginot Line

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The Maginot Line

Post by housil » Mon Sep 28, 2020 10:09 am

Last weekend I did a quick trip to France to see fortifications of the "Maginot Line". Keep in mind, the Maginot Line was a line of fortifications all along the French border.

I visited the Fort Schönbourg what is huge! Manned with 630 soldiers
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The visitors entrance to where the fort got their supplies by train
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The train drove into the fort and 30meters (90ft) down by elevators
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to distribute their supplies 1km (0.6 mile) all over the fort
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Train station
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junction into different parts of the fort
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Junction into a combat bunker
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Re: The Maginot Line

Post by housil » Mon Sep 28, 2020 10:21 am

First station after entering the fort (and walking down 135 stairs) is the power plant and ammo storage
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long tunnels into the single storage faciliteis
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The tiny chappel, sits four
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Rest rooms
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No idea why all rest rooms where elevated
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French toilets didn´t have bowls to sit on, but a "shower" like bottom
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I hated these back in the 80s when we went to France for vacation... :roll:

So here are the "accommodations"

Kitchen
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butcher
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Supplies
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Re: The Maginot Line

Post by housil » Mon Sep 28, 2020 10:31 am

Want to see their chow hall?!
They didn´t have one...
So where did they eat?
The enlisted man had tables at the hallways to fold down and eat there
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Officers had their own kitchen and cafeteria
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enlisted Bedrooms, sleeps 27
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Re: The Maginot Line

Post by housil » Mon Sep 28, 2020 10:39 am

Clinic
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Elevated room - right, restroom
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bunk beds
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post OP ward
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Operating room
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See that tiny office and the bed above so the guy on charge "can" sleep there
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Dentist
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bath rooms & showers
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Re: The Maginot Line

Post by housil » Mon Sep 28, 2020 11:11 am

Now it was a 600 Meters walk into the tunnel to the combat part of the fort
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Combat commanders room
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Observation room
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Each place has a photo and drawing of the observers few
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Artillery commanding room
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Combat bunker
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Ammo storage and transportation
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The retractable combat tower
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These could rotate and lift up and down.




They had a great model/diorama to show how that huge "seesaw" mechanism works
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We toured to three different bunkers
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saw lots of staff

Slept in a nice place
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ate French cuisine - this is just mine dinner, one course... :shock:
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but also had lunch out of the trunk
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Re: The Maginot Line

Post by GunnarTheFeisty » Mon Sep 28, 2020 11:32 am

that's super cool
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