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  1. Ouvrage Hobling is a lesser work (petit ouvrage) of the Maginot Line. Hobling was approved for construction by CORF (Commission d'Organisation des Régions Fortifiées), the Maginot Line's design and construction agency, in 1931 and became operational by 1935, at a cost of 14 million francs. The contractor was Gianotti of Nice. Hobling consists of four combat blocks. The blocks are linked by an underground gallery with barracks and a utility area (usine). The galleries are excavated at an average depth of up to 30 metres (98 ft). In June 1940 the garrison comprised 115 men and 4 officers of the 164th Fortress Infantry Regiment (RIF). The commanding officer was Captain Boileau. The Casernement de Férange provided peacetime above-ground barracks and support services to Hobling and other positions in the area. The units were under the umbrella of the 3rd Army, Army Group 2. Hobling played no significant role in either the Battle of France in 1940 or the Lorraine Campaign of 1944. After the Second World War it became part of the Mòle de Boulay, a strongpoint in the northeastern defenses against Soviet attack. Hobling remained under Army control until after 1971, when it was declassified and sold. Sold in 1975, Hobling has been partially stripped by salvagers and is abandoned. The salvage work stopped with the removal of all metals, including cloches and turrets, from two blocks. Hobling was the last ouvrage to be stripped. Visited with @The_Raw 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
  2. Welcome hmltnangel

    Welcome to the forum!
  3. Welcome mayfairdelue

    Hi & welcome to the forum!
  4. Interesting history of a very old exploration many years ago. Too bad that not much is recognizable on the scanned photos.
  5. UK Tidal swimming pool

    Unfortunately, not much of it has remained.
  6. Welcome Whysports

    Hi @Whysports and welcome to the forum!
  7. Interesting report and a great set, captured very well.
  8. Glad to find ya'

    Welcome to the forum!
  9. Hi everyone

    Welcome to the forum!
  10. UK Maenofferen Slate Mine Nov17

    Very nice set, looks like an adventurous exploration.
  11. Nice place. I think you have captured its special charm well.
  12. I'm usually not a big fan of graffiti, but here are a few that are pretty well done.
  13. Explore of the year 2017

    Difficult to decide for one place. But I think it was this little church that I discovered during my UK trip in summer.
  14. Germany Small Open-Air Pool - Dec. '17

    Nice pics, I especially like the first and the last one.
  15. Italy Villa dell'Allenatore

    Some nice detail shots.
  16. Captured very well, the flowing water looks nice with the longer exposure.
  17. I also especially like the great woodwork and the tiles. Thanks for showing us.
  18. Nice report & pics. The first photo with the old typewriter has become really good.
  19. Italy Carrozzeria Ghia

    Nice first post & report, welcome to the forum! I especially like the hall in the seventh picture.
  20. Germany Children´s Hospital N. - August '16

    Very nice report & set.
  21. I visited the chocolate factory already more than four years ago. Inside it was partly very dark - much darker than it looks in the photos. The plaster had fallen from the ceiling; a gray damp mud lay on the floor and stuck stubbornly to the shoes. After the owner died, the factory was closed over 20 years ago. The widow of the manufacturer still lives in a dilapidated house next to the factory. In the past years, the condition has worsened a lot. Meanwhile, the roof of the former factory has almost completely collapsed. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28
  22. France Group Fortification Verdun, 2017

    Nice report & set. We were close by on our last trip, but unfortunately we did not have enough time to visit this place, too.
  23. The fortress with a lot of murals in its bunkers is part of the second fortified belt of forts of Metz and had its baptism of fire in late 1944, when the Battle of Metz occurred. The Fortification was part of a wider program of fortifications called "Moselstellung", encompassing fortresses scattered between Thionville and Metz in the valley Moselle. The aim of Germany was to protect against a French attack to take back Alsace-Lorraine and Moselle from the German Empire. The fortification system was designed to accommodate the growing advances in artillery since the end of XIXth century. Based on new defensive concepts, such as dispersal and concealment, the fortified group was to be, in case of attack, an impassable barrier for French forces. Covering an area of 83 ha, the Fortress is constructed from 1907 to 1914. The group fortification has 2 fortified barracks and can accommodate a total of 560 men. It has 8 pieces of artillery, 6 of them 100mm and 2 of them 77mm. It has eight domes and twenty observation points and lookouts. The various items are connected by 1,700m of underground galleries. In its water tanks, it has 2,640 m3 of water. The energy required for its operation is ensured by seven diesel engines of 27 hp each. During The Annexation of Alsace-Lorraine, the fort receives a garrison of gunners belonging to the XVIth Army Corps. From 1914-1918, it served as a relay for the German soldiers at the front post. Its equipment and weapons are then at the forefront of military technology. In 1919, the fort was occupied by the French army. After the departure of French troops in June 1940, the German army reinvests the fort. In early September 1944, at the beginning of the Battle of Metz, the German command integrates the fort into the defensive system set up around Metz. In Second World War, on September 2, 1944, Metz is declared fortress Reich by Hitler. The fortress must be defended to the last by German troops. Visited with The_Raw, extreme_ironing and Maniac. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37
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