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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. In the silos of the blast furnace Terre Rouge, iron ore and lime was stored, mixed and then burned in the blast furnaces. The gases were used to power the nearby thermal power plant "Central Thermique", which was built in 1951 and closed in 1997. The power plant is currently being demolished. Visited with @The_Raw, @extreme_ironing & @Maniac. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
  5. Welcome ceny

    Welcome to OS !
  6. Germany Beelitz Heilstatten (okt 2017)

    Great pics of a great place. I visited Beelitz already 10 years ago and spent almost a whole day there, to explore as many of the buildings as possible. It is still a special place and you captured it very well.
  7. Germany Ballhaus L.

    Nice place. Unfortunately, the owner had no time when I wanted to visit it a few months ago.
  8. Belgium Laundry Day

    The natural decay there is very nice, you've captured it very well.
  9. Brilliant set, simply magnificent.
  10. The colliery Saint Fontaine was opened in 1908. For the extraction of hard coal, they dug to a depth of 1037 meters. In the 1960s, up to two million tons of hard coal were mined. In 1972 the colliery was closed for the first time, but in 1976 the operation was resumed. In 1986, the final closure, whereupon a large part of the buildings were demolished. Today, apart from the listed tower, only the administrative building including the locker room / pithead baths exists. In recent years, unfortunately, there was a lot of vandalism; last the ceiling lamps were destroyed by some idiots. In Saint Fontaine, there were repeated fatal accidents. On 3 January 1933, 36 miners were killed in a gas explosion. On May 29, 1959, another 26 workers were killed in another explosion. On September 23, 1968, three miners smothered. Visited with @The_Raw. 1. 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
  11. Belgium Underground lagoon, Belgium - April 2015

    I missed this report untill today. Great pics.
  12. Germany Villa W.

    You've captured the atmosphere of this place very well. Never visited a town with so many abandoned buildings before.
  13. That looks really great.
  14. Very nice building. Ich was there in summer summer 2012 and I especially liked the stone figures on the wall. You have captured well how nature conquered the terrain back.
  15. Welcome ceny

    Hi @ceny, welcome to the forum!
  16. Italy Radar Hills - 06/2017

    Great pics! Maybe I will go there, too, on my next trip to Italy in summer 2018.
  17. Italy Palazzo di L. - 06/2017

    I really liked this place when I visited it two years ago. Nice to see also a few other shots from there.
  18. France Château Lumière - 05/2017

    Still a nice place and captured very well. Shame that the mirror has been destroyed.
  19. Belgium Light in the darkness Slate mine..

    Fantastic place. You caputed it very well with the light.
  20. France Forge Lunaire February 2017

    This place really looks intersting. Great set!
  21. Another great set! You missed some bits, that I've seen - and I've missed some areas where you've been. So it's in balance.
  22. The well-known 18th century building was once the central administration of a nearby steelworks. Visited with @The_Raw , @extreme_ironing & @Maniac. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
  23. France Leopold Fortress, France - October 2017

    Great set! It was definitely a very interesting military site. We were lucky that the farmer was not with his horse in the pasture in the woods.
  24. Italy Chiesa nella forresta - 06/2017

    Nice little church, I like it. Good to see that the candle holders, etc. have not been stolen yet, as in some other Italian churches.
  25. Germany Sanatorium A.

    Captured very well. When were you there? I visited the place three years ago and if your photos are up-to-date, hardly anything seems to have changed.