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Fort Maulde (#8) - South barracks

Fort Maulde, formerly Fort Beurnonville, was a Séré de Rivières type fort located on the Lille-Maubeuge line of fortifications, of the Maginot line, built in 1880.

This type of fort was rendered obsolete following the appearance of the torpedo shell. It was decommissioned in 1889 and completely disarmed in 1912, then rearmed in emergency in 1914.
The Germans destroyed the two powder magazines and part of the northern barracks in 1918.
Created from 1936 to 1938, the fortified mole of Maulde consists of two casemates in the former fort Séré de Rivières, each equipped with two 75 mm guns, and a armor-clad observatory with two GFM type B cloches, as well as outside the fort, a third large casemate of a unique model to shelter the 155 mm GPF (Grande Puissance Filloux, or Great Power Filloux) gun, and several bunkers in the surrounding area.
The fort was involved in the Battle of the Escaut from May 20 to 26, 1940.
Here, a view from a room on the east side of the south barracks.
Be careful, if you do research on the Internet you will see that the place is dangerous and now closed to the public, following numerous accidents.
Vegetation has covered the site and may hide deep holes, not to mention the pollution linked to waste deposits of tiles and paintings from the Manufacture Française de Carrelage de Saint-Amand, which owned the premises several decades ago.

The shot was taken in may 2022, in the middle of the afternoon. Panorama made in HDR version (enfuse).

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Copyright: Franck Masschelein
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 10692x5346
Taken: 21/05/2022
Uploaded: 08/05/2023


Tags: casemate; bunker; blockhaus; maginot; war; tags; maulde; france; hdr; enfuse
More About Belgium

Belgium is a country in northwest Europe. Founding member of the European Union, it covers an area of 30,528 square kilometres and has a population of about 10.7 million. From the end of the Middle Ages until the 17th century, it was a prosperous centre of commerce and culture. Upon its independence, Belgium eagerly participated in the Industrial Revolution and, at the end of the nineteenth century, possessed several colonies in Africa. Today, Belgium's strongly globalized economy and its transportation infrastructure are integrated with the rest of Europe. Its location at the heart of a highly industrialized region helps made it 2007 the world's 15th largest trading nation. Cultural life is nowadays concentrated within each language community and a variety of barriers have made a shared cultural sphere less pronounced. Anyway, the region corresponding to today's Belgium has seen the flourishing of major artistic movements that have had tremendous influence on European art and culture. Text extracted from wikipedia.

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