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|Before the beginning of the WWII French GHQ noticed (belatedly) that in case of a breakthrough of the front line on our northern border, there was no more |
means to defend Paris, as far as the old forts of 1874 being obsolete and no secondary line was completed.
To counter in the urgency in this, it was decided to build a belt of bunker (mainly for antitank purpose) in abo...
|Ouvrage Hochwald is an ouvrage of the Maginot Line. Located in the Fortified Sector of Haguenau in the community of Drachenbronn-Birlenbach, it was designed to protect the Northern Vosges region. The Ouvrage Hochwald is often considered as two separate ouvrages because of the anti-tank ditch separating the western and the eastern portions of the ouvrage, and is the largest of the Maginot ouvrag...||01/16/2010||387|
|On 24 July the tanker Empire Traveller discharged the first gasoline at Cherbourg, unloading at the long breakwater in the outer harbor-the Digue de Querqueville. The French and later the Germans had discharged gasoline and other POL supplies through a nine-inch pipeline running along the Digue to two nearby tank farms at the large Depot Cotier du Petrole and the somewhat smaller one at Sunic. ...||06/29/2007||565|
|The town of Bitche, which was formed of the villages of Rohr and Kaltenhausen in the 17th century, derives its name from the old stronghold (mentioned in 1172 as Bytis Castrum) standing on a rock some 80 m. above the town.|
The citadel, which had been constructed by Vauban on the site of the old castle after the capture of Bitche by the French in 1624, had been destroyed when it w...
|Ahvaz's subway has 4 line. line 1 from melihafari to kianpars. line 2 from zergan to university. line 3 from kinan abad to kutabdola. line 4 from ba honar to khashayar||08/28/2006||614|
|The CMA CGM ANDROMEDA is being used by CMA CGM in its French Asia Line 1 (FAL 1) service between Asia and Europe. With a load carrying capacity of 135,000 tons, the ship has a maximum draught of 15.5 metres. The CMA CGM ANDROMEDA is also fitted with a MAN B&W main engine with an output of 72,240 kilowatts, making it possible for the ship to travel at a service speed approaching 25 knots. ||06/02/2010||468|
|A very interesting aerial photography, taken in low water and hig tide, where you can see above the surface the rest of french fleet sank during the famous battle of La Hougue in 1692.|
i've been diving a lot on those wrecks and found many canons and canon balls everywhere.
We salvage a few of them for the local museum.
We can also see hoysters bed everywhere
|The original fort of Le Barbonnet stands on a mountain top overlooking Sospel.(2752 feet above sea level) It was built between 1883 and 1886 as part of the Séré de Rivières defences. The fort was renovated and rearmed in 1932 and in 1940 the Gros Ouvrage of Le Barbonnet (with a linking tunnel to the old fort) was built at a slightly lower level alongside. The main fighting block (B2) is just be...||12/13/2009||345|
|The gros ouvrage of Gordolon which was manned by 246 men is located close to the western bank of the River Vésubie at the end of a long dead end road off the D2565.Approaching the site the road becomes more overgrown and rutted and is eventually blocked by a fallen tree. |
The main entrance (Block 1) is a further 200 yards along the road.
Gordolon is on two levels w...
|The French war cemetery of Venafro contains the burials of 3.414 French soldiers who fell during the Second World War. This is the biggest French war cemetery from WW2 on Italian soil.|
|The 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment (French: 2e Régiment Étranger de Parachutistes, 2e REP) is an Airborne regiment in the French Foreign Legion. It is a part of the 11e Brigade Parachutiste and the spearhead of the French Rapid reaction force. As such, it fills what could typically be described as a special forces role for the French Foreign Legion.|
|The fortress of Maubeuge stood on the River Sambre, just inside France. In August 1914 it stood directly in the line of the great German sweep through Belgium that was at the heart of the Schlieffen Plan. Initially the French did not believe that any significant German forces were north of the Sambre, but when they finally realised what was going on, Joffre ordered the French Fifth army north t...||01/14/2010||937|