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Maginot Line - Fortress Velosnes

This Maginot-fortress was part of the Secteur fortifié de Montmédy and belongs together with fortress Chesnois to the biggest fortifications in this sector.

Velosnes consists of 5 blocks. Fortress Velosnes stood under command of the 'Regiment 144th RIF' and was operated during wartime by 246 soldiers and 6 officers. During the night of 11 to 12 June 1940, the garrison sabotaged Velosnes to prevail further usage by the enemy. The German occupier dismantled Velosnes later that same year

The fort today:
It is currently abandoned.

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  • Text: Kaj Metz
  • Photos: Kevin de Nijs (1, 2, 3), Kaj Metz (4)