Jump to content
The_Raw

France Gros Ouvrage Latiremont (Maginot Line), France - May 2017

Recommended Posts

The Maginot Line, named after the French Minister of War André Maginot, was a line of concrete fortifications, obstacles, and weapon installations built by France in the 1930s to deter invasion by Germany. It was constructed along the borders with Switzerland, Germany, and Luxembourg. Ouvrage translates as "works" in English: published documents in both English and French refer to these fortifications in this manner, rather than as "forts". An ouvrage typically consists of a series of concrete-encased strongpoints on the surface, linked by underground tunnels with common underground works (shops, barracks, and factories etc.). Constructions started in the early 1930s. They served during the Second World War, and were often reused during the Cold War before being gradually abandoned by the French army. 

 

Ouvrage Latiremont is a gros (large) ouvrage of the Maginot Line, located in the Fortified Sector of the Crusnes, sub-sector of Arrancy. It lies between the gros ouvrage Fermont and the petit ouvrage Mauvais Bois, facing Belgium. More than 1,200 metres (3,900 ft) of underground galleries connect the entries to the farthest block, at an average depth of 30 metres (98 ft). The gallery system was served by a narrow-gauge (60 cm) railway that continued out of the ammunition entrance and connected to a regional military railway system for the movement of material along the front a few kilometres to the rear. Several "stations" along the gallery system, located in wider sections of gallery, permitted trains to pass or be stored. The 1940 manning of the ouvrage under the command of Commandant Pophillat comprised 21 officers and 580 men of the 149th Fortress Infantry Regiment. 

 

Latiremont was active in 1939-1940, coming under direct attack in late June 1940. From September 1939 to June 1940, Latiremont fired 14,452 75mm rounds and 4,234 81mm rounds at German forces and in support of neighbouring units. It was not until June 1940 that Latiremont and Fermont were directly attacked by the German 161st Division, which brought 21 cm howitzers and 30.5 cm mortars on 21 June. By this time, German units were moving in the rear of the Line, cutting power and communications. Heavy fire repelled attacks but Latiremont's garrison surrendered to the Germans on 27 June 1940.

 

After renovations during the Cold War, it was abandoned.

 

This was the first of 3 gros ouvrages I visited with Elliot5200, @Maniac, and @extreme_ironing. Also good to hook up with @Gromr123 who happened to be nearby on this occasion. Photos can't quite convey how large it is in here, 1.5km from one end to the other. We only saw a portion of it due to time constrictions, but you could easily spend a whole day in here.   

 

1.

34185887820_933681bd72_b.jpg

 

2.

34441480871_27111c56bc_b.jpg

 

3.

34441468891_76c6313662_c.jpg

 

4. Some amazing blast doors down here

33729103044_a68744ec7b_b.jpg

 

5. 

34530756466_f62b9dabb2_b.jpg

 

6. 

34185814800_5eb3170cfa_b.jpg

 

7. Workshop with a lathe inside

34409966922_d14cb222c4_b.jpg

 

8. Remains of a kitchen

33761650873_5c9c82b447_b.jpg

 

9. Shower block

34409953032_6a83f52701_b.jpg

 

10.

34185808620_e243aea2b8_b.jpg

 

11.

33761627573_5267818976_b.jpg

 

12. Blast door inside one of the attack blocks on the surface

34441362011_6e6fbf9dd6_b.jpg

 

13.Some rusty gun machinery still in situ

34409972972_63eb223a4a_c.jpg

 

14.

34571772055_187cdbf08d_c.jpg

 

15.

34441436131_5ea986f708_b.jpg

 

 

16.

34571739505_82b466e2fd_b.jpg

 

17. Another epic blast door

33729083224_8c60324787_c.jpg

 

18.

34409942332_a64fd2ac94_b.jpg

 

 

19.

34607110895_b5c6363475_b.jpg

 

20. Engine Room

34441376921_2eb98752a9_b.jpg

 

21.

33728991224_ea516ba6c9_b.jpg

 

22.

34441369411_dd0f4e1fab_b.jpg

 

23.

34409870892_975d3ed202_b.jpg

 

24. Train station for bringing in materials, the platform on the left

33728921554_7e363025ae_b.jpg

 

25.

34530701256_a37b60535f_b.jpg

 

26. <3 this door 

33761633923_a11b8af129_b.jpg

 

27.

34409847222_c74ef09295_b.jpg

 

28.

34409838422_8c4a56a4ea_b.jpg

 

Cheers for looking :thumb 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Damn, i thought i had already commented on this. Maybe I saw it on 28 or something and commented there :?. really like the mechanics on that door amongst some other top pictures once again :thumb 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now


  • Similar Content

    • By teddybear
       
      Was  reminded that I didn't posted anything yet so, here's a post of a recent visit to this mine. This one is not the safest one :-) . Some parts are  already collapsed.
      There are several levels but the lower did we skip. Heard that the air quality is not the best there and we didn't bring the rope ladder .
      Was nice  to explore. Hope you enjoy looking at this.
       
       
       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

    • By cgeff
      Hi All,
       
      Some pictures of a mine. A spot quite dangerous but a great place !
       
      Hope you will like these pictures
       

       

       

       

    • By cgeff
      Hi all,
       
      Some pictures from "Bureau Central"
      Hope that you will like these ones
       

       

       

       

       

       

       

    • By Andy
      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

       
       
×