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Fort Lefebvre - Salbert

CRAVANCHE


This information was seized by tourist office of Belfort
This information has been updated on 09/05/2018 at 14:27:09

Salbert massif occupied an important position commanding the control of the area of lakes surrounding Malsaucy, the Route de Lure, Route de Giromagny and the Paris railway line. From its hilltop position, the fort was assisted in its mission by means of four batteries. The one right next to the fort, dating from 1875, still has shelters and open artillery platforms on it, which encircle the ruins of an optical telegraph station (message transmission using light signals).
Named after General Lefebvre, Salbert fort, built between 1874 and 1877, for close to 500 men and 44 pieces of artillery, was equipped with artillery platforms on the ramparts surrounding the ditch as well as above the central garrison (cavalry-type fort). Suffering from a lack of credit, this fort was never modernized, even though it was already outdated by 1885. Just a handful of reinforcements were made in 1914. Between 1953 and 1957 an important radar station was built at Salbert, using to a large extent the former fortifications: the fort was used for barracks while the large underground premises housed technical installations, and the operation headquarters for air defence was located in a former underground shelter (the two entrance doors can be seen from the access road to the fort). In view of this change of role, the fort lost some of its original appearance; in particuliar, the cavalier (raised platform) on the central garrison, which was demolished and replaced with a terrace. These air-defence installations were only in operation for a short time.The metal aerials which poked up on the top of the hill have since been cut off but their concrete bases are still visible in a number of places around the fort and in its vicinity.

Fort Lefebvre - Salbert

90300 CRAVANCHE

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