Ouvrage La Moutière

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Ouvrage La Moutière
Part of Maginot Line, Alpine Line
Southeast France
LigneMaginotMoutiereEntree.jpg
La Moutière entry block with winter access shaft
Ouvrage La Moutière is located in France
Ouvrage La Moutière
Ouvrage La Moutière
Coordinates 44°18′53″N 6°47′45″E / 44.31469°N 6.7959°E / 44.31469; 6.7959
Site information
Controlled by France
Site history
Built by CORF
In use Abandoned
Materials Concrete, steel, rock excavation
Battles/wars Italian invasion of France
Ouvrage La Moutière
Type of work: Small artillery work (Petit ouvrage)
sector
└─sub-sector
Fortified Sector of the Dauphiné
└─Jausiers, Quartier Rougna
Regiment: 299 RIA
Number of blocks: 3
Strength: 1 officer, 42 men

Ouvrage La Moutière is a lesser work (petit ouvrage) of the Maginot Line's Alpine extension, the Alpine Line at an altitude of 2440 meters. The ouvrage consists of one entry block, one infantry block and one observation block, with an unarmed exit block. The ouvrage supported the Ouvrage Restefond on the crest of the pass, guarding its southern flank. It also covered the Col de la Barcelonnette to the north. The position was built between 1931 and 1935.[1]

Description[edit]

See Fortified Sector of the Dauphiné for a broader discussion of the Dauphiné sector of the Alpine Line.
  • Block 1 (entry): two machine gun embrasures. The block is equipped with a metal housing that functions as an access point when the winter snows cover the entrance.[2]
  • Block 2 (infantry block): one heavy twin machine gun embrasure.[3]
  • Block 3 (observation block): one machine gun cloche.[4]
  • Block 4 (emergency exit/exhaust): no armament.[5]

The underground section of the ouvrage consists of three parallel galleries linked by a smaller passage.[6]

A fortified barracks for La Moutière's garrison was established at a lower altitude inside a semi-buried abri or shelter.[1][7] The area around the position retains the vestiges of firing positions constructed of dry stone masonry pierced by embrasures for guns. The fortification saw no action in either 1940 or 1944.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Mary, Tome 5, p. 44
  2. ^ Puelinckx, Jean; Aublet, Jean-Louis; Mainguin, Sylvie (2010). "La Moutière (po de) Bloc 1". Index de la Ligne Maginot (in French). fortiff.be. Retrieved 1 February 2010. 
  3. ^ Puelinckx, Jean; et al. (2010). "La Moutière (po de) Bloc 2". Index de la Ligne Maginot (in French). fortiff.be. Retrieved 1 February 2010. 
  4. ^ Puelinckx, Jean; et al. (2010). "La Moutière (po de) Bloc 3". Index de la Ligne Maginot (in French). fortiff.be. Retrieved 1 February 2010. 
  5. ^ Puelinckx, Jean; et al. (2010). "La Moutière (po de) Bloc 4". Index de la Ligne Maginot (in French). fortiff.be. Retrieved 1 February 2010. 
  6. ^ Puelinckx, Jean; et al. (2010). "La Moutière (po de)". Index de la Ligne Maginot (in French). fortiff.be. Retrieved 1 February 2010. 
  7. ^ Puelinckx, Jean; et al. (2010). "La Moutière (po de) Casernement". Index de la Ligne Maginot (in French). fortiff.be. Retrieved 1 February 2010. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Allcorn, William. The Maginot Line 1928-45. Oxford: Osprey Publishing, 2003. ISBN 1-84176-646-1
  • Kaufmann, J.E. and Kaufmann, H.W. Fortress France: The Maginot Line and French Defenses in World War II, Stackpole Books, 2006. ISBN 0-275-98345-5
  • Kaufmann, J.E., Kaufmann, H.W., Jancovič-Potočnik, A. and Lang, P. The Maginot Line: History and Guide, Pen and Sword, 2011. ISBN 978-1-84884-068-3
  • Mary, Jean-Yves; Hohnadel, Alain; Sicard, Jacques. Hommes et Ouvrages de la Ligne Maginot, Tome 1. Paris, Histoire & Collections, 2001. ISBN 2-908182-88-2 (in French)
  • Mary, Jean-Yves; Hohnadel, Alain; Sicard, Jacques. Hommes et Ouvrages de la Ligne Maginot, Tome 4 - La fortification alpine. Paris, Histoire & Collections, 2009. ISBN 978-2-915239-46-1 (in French)
  • Mary, Jean-Yves; Hohnadel, Alain; Sicard, Jacques. Hommes et Ouvrages de la Ligne Maginot, Tome 5. Paris, Histoire & Collections, 2009. ISBN 978-2-35250-127-5 (in French)

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