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Casemate A16 (#1) - the GFM cloche
Belgium

This is a view from above the casemate A16 (Maulde S-W Left), and its GFM cloche.

It is a simple bunker of single level of type STG-B1, of the Maginot Line, located in the fortified region of Lille, fortified area of the Escaut, fortified area of 1RM Maulde.
On the roof it wears a GFM cloche ("Guetteur et Fusil-Mitrailleur" : lookout and rifle-machine-gunner).
The bunker is badly damaged, its roof is pierced but the cloche is still in place.

The shot was taken in january 2013, in the end of the afternoon. Panorama made in HDR version (enfuse).

References :

http://maginot.fortiff.be/index.php?page=m82

http://www.attila-77250.fr/03-Escaut.html

http://www.attila-77250.fr/Maginot/Kml/03-Escaut.kml

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloche_GFM

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Copyright: Franck Masschelein
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Uploaded: 06/02/2013
Updated: 11/09/2014
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Tags: casemate; bunker; blockhaus; a16; cloche gfm; maginot; maulde; france; hdr; enfuse
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