Ouvrage de Fermont
Ouvrage de Fermont Block #4 (left) and Block #1 (right) house turrets and embrasures as part of the Maginot Line.
Petit Ouvrage du Bois de Bousse
The block in Petit Ouvrage du Bois de Bousse is referred to as Fort des Fresques because of the wall drawings lefts by the soldiers stationed within.
Ouvrage de Fermont Embrasures
The embrasures in Block #4 at Ouvrage de Fermont retain their guns.
Abri de Zeiterholz
An interval shelter for personnel manning the Abri de Zeiterholz near Thionville.
Two of the four blocks at Immerhof are visible behind the remnants of a Second World War barbed wire entanglement (foreground). The roof of Block #2 (right, center) holds a machine gun turret and an armored machine gun cupola.
Ouvrage Immerhof Roof
The roof of Block #2 at Ouvrage Immerhof holds a machine gun turret, armored observation ‘mushrooms’, and an armored machine gun cupola.
Ouvrage du Michelsberg
The entrance and ditch of Ouvrage du Michelsberg is protected by the crossing fire of these two machine-gun embrasures.
Ouvrage du Hackenberg Roof
This view of the turret and cupolas on the roof of Block #7 at Ouvrage du Hackenberg display the forts field of fire upon the valley below.
Ouvrage du Hackenberg
Munitions entrance to Ouvrage du Hackenberg is not also the tourist entrance.
Ouvrage du Hackenberg Block
Exterior of Block #8, an artillery casemate at Ouvrage du Hackenberg which held three 75-mm guns, displays the ferocity of the unsuccessful German attack.
Ouvrage du Galgenberg
The munitions entrance to Ouvrage du Galgenberg; two of its three machine gun / rifle cupolas can be seen on its roof.
Ouvrage de Fermont Block #4
The fighting side of Block #4 at Ouvrage de Fermont showing the three embrasures for its 75-mm guns.
Ouvrage de Bambesch
The damage wrought by German cannon fire on Block #2 at Ouvrage de Bambesch.
Ouvrage de Fermont Personnel Entrance
The personnel entrance to the Ouvrage de Fermont.
Ouvrage de Fermont Munitions Entrance
The munitions entrance to the Ouvrage de Fermont is now used as the tourist entrance. The ‘A2’ identifier is in accordance with the French numbering system for its Maginot fortifications.
Ouvrage Four a Chaux
The munitions entrance at Ouvrage Four a Chaux
Ouvrage Four a Chaux Cupola
A machine-gun cloches (cupola) on the roof of Block #2 at Ouvrage Four a Chaux
Ouvrage Four a Chaux
Personnel and now tourist entrance to Ouvrage Four a Chaux
Ouvrage Bois du Four
The enormous single structure of the Petit Ouvrage Bois du Four with its retractable machine-gun turret on the roof to the right.
Ouvrage Bois du Four Roof
The numerous armaments on the roof of Ouvrage Bois du Four contained machine guns, mortars, antitank guns, and observation positions.
Bois de Cattenom Abri
An abri d’intervale, or personnel infantry shelter, in the Bois de Cattenom with light machine-gun cupolas of the roof to the right and left.
Ouvrage Bois Karre
The Ouvrage Bois Karre consists of a single combat block; the two machine-gun cupolas are visible; not seen is a retractable machine-gun turret down the slope to the left.
Petit Ouvrage La Ferté
Block #1 of Petit Ouvrage La Ferté, or Fort de Villy-la-Ferté.
Oye Plage Tower
The fire control tower for German Atlantic Wall defenses in the Oye Plage section tilts but still stands.
Calais Gun Bunker
The elongated concrete shelter (right) which housed a German rail gun as part of the defenses around Calais.
St-Omer La Coupole
La Coupole’s 72-meter concrete dome, built by the Germans to house V-2 rockets preparatory to launch, now houses museums covering the V-1 and V-2 efforts, local life under the Nazis, space exploration, and man’s need for peace.
One of the four casemates constructed by the Germans near Cap Gris Nez to house 380-mm naval guns. The guns had a range of 52 km and were capable of hitting Dover across the English Channel. Casemate #1 (shown) now houses the Musée du Mer de l’Atlantique (Museum of the Atlantic Wall).
Calais Oldenburg Battery
The second of several blocks that remains at the site of the Oldenburg Battery east of Calais.
Fort de Guentrange
Built by the Germans after the Franco – Prussian War, Fort de Guentrange (Fest Obergentringen) stands on a hillside overlooking Thionville.