Maginot line weekend 2012
A small group of Landrover enthusiasts made a tour along the north/west extension of the French Maginot defense line.
|After a long drive in Belgian traffic jams, we are enjoying a good meal with a delicious dessert.||The following morning, the Lightweight Landrover its starting motor is not catching the starting gear.||A good reason to try the winches and do some pulling.||First a stop for fuel. We will drive a some 150 km today, of which about 50% offroad.|
|A nice bit of green laning, at the route to Maginot fortress Chenois.||Lunch in the field and the first combat blocks of fortress Chenois are spotted.||The small hill, on the hill in-between the lads is a concrete combat block of fortress Chenois.||Taking a closer look.|
|Landrover parked in front of the entrance block of fortress Chenois.||The concrete combat block have very thick armored steel combat domes.||Sticking a photo camera through a small shooting hole, reveals the inside.||After driving a bit further, we arrive at the entrance combat block of fortress Ferte.|
|The combat block facade weapons:
Anti tank gun 47 mm.
|Dual machine gun 7,5 mm.||Single flanking machine gun 7,5 mm.||Combat blocks are connected by an 30m deep underground corridor.|
|The stairs to the underground corridor.||The layout of combat block 2.||One of the domes, hit by the famous German 88mm anti tank gun.||Another bit of green laning back to camping Maka.|
|And another delicious dessert.||Some Landrover men have strange camping gear.||Ready for the next part of the Maginot line.||This time the green laning is a bit more chalenging.|
|For Defenders and Series Landrovers no trouble whatsoever.||However the Discovery, with automatic gearbox gut stuck.||For this Defender another opportunity, to winch him out.||Visiting the bigger fort of Fermont. The Maginot line fortresses are called "Ouvrage".|
|Here you see a section of a gun turret.||This is a 3D drawing of a combat block.||A unique type of dome.||One of the sections of underground corridor.|
|Firing orders were given from the command post to the guns, by a telegraph system.||A gun turret section.||After a long and good tour through fortress Fermont, we are back at the Landrovers.||Back again at camping Maka.|
|In September it is chilly in the evening.||It is nice, to stay warm at a camp fire.||Some fog on the river in the morning.||Leaving camping Maka for home.|