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Ouvrage Rochonvillers & Camp d'Angevillers, France - May 2017

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 Rochonvillers

 

Ouvrage Rochonvillers is one of the largest of the Maginot Line fortifications. Located above the town of Rochonvillers in the French region of Lorraine, the gros ouvrage or large work was fully equipped and occupied in 1935 as part of the Fortified Sector of Thionville in the Moselle. It is located between the petit ouvrage d'Aumetz and the gros ouvrage Molvange, facing the border between Luxembourg and France with nine combat blocks. Rochonvillers saw little action during World War II, but due to its size it was repaired and retained in service after the war. During the Cold War it found a new use as a hardened military command center, first for NATO and then for the French Army until 1998. The ouvrage remains under the control of the French Army.  

 

Sadly the bunker has suffered badly from fire damage throughout and has been ransacked. Only a few areas remain intact. Visited with @Maniac, @Andy,@extreme_ironing and Elliot5200.

 

1. Camouflaged entrance

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2. No stairs in here, just a long ramp taking you underground

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3. Fire damage is immediately evident 

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5. Burnt bed frames

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7. A large section has been rebuilt with mundane breeze blocks for the Cold war era, this was updated in the 80s

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8. Lecture theatre with torn projection screen

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14. An entire block of bedrooms remains in good condition with all the beds still in place

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17. These engines also still in reasonable condition considering.

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19. Control room, sadly ripped to pieces now. 

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20. How it looked in the 90s, a glimpse of how nice this place might have been when it was immaculate. Shame it's so trashed now. 

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Camp d'Angevillers

 

The camp of Angevillers is part of a barracks located near ouvrages Molvange and Rochonvillers. It was built at the same time as the Maginot line, construction was completed in April 1933. It is now used occasionally for military exercises. All the buildings were pretty much empty but still made for a nice wander.

 

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30. Inside the water tower

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Thanks for looking.

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Um, I also was there with you ... ;) 

It was an exhausting but nice day. I like the photo from the barracks with the small tree in front of the window.

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Haha sorry Andy, how could I forget you!

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:D 

I think I'll go there again sometime. Further back there are some more buildings of the barracks.

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Looks pretty cool. Unbelievable things are still there. Very nice repo!

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I like this a lot more than I expected to! Great job

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Oh I like stuff like this, and thats a flipping cool place. I like how that control area looked when it was mint, such a shame about the fire/trashing of the site.

 

I've slept a few times in places like that in the UK, but in bunkbeds with 4 levels. It's ok until you get up in the middle of the night for a piss and forget you're up there and have to freefall to the floor half-asleep :eek:

 

:comp: 

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That's pretty cool, despite the fire damage I really like pic 3. Some really photogenic areas too. Nice work :thumb 

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