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Hobling was approved for construction by CORF (Commission d'Organisation des Régions Fortifiées), the Maginot Line's design and construction agency, in 1931 and became operational by 1935, at a cost of 14 million francs. The contractor was Gianotti of Nice.
Block 1: infantry block with two GFM cloches,armed with a JM bell cloches (twinning machine guns).
Block 2: infantry/entry and casemate flanking north with two automatic rifle cloches (GFM) and one twin machine gun embrasure and one 47mm anti-tank gun.
Block 3: infantry block with one GFM cloche and one retractable twin machine gun turret.
Block 4: observation block with one observation cloche (VDP) and one automatic rifle embrasure.
Block 5: planned but not built equipped with an 81mm mortar turret, and an entry block at the end of a gallery of about 200 metres (660 ft) were not built.
In June 1940 the garrison comprised 115 men and 4 officers of the 164th Fortress Infantry Regiment (RIF). The commanding officer was Captain Boileau. The Casernement de Férange provided peacetime above-ground barracks and support services to Hobling and other positions in the area. The units were under the umbrella of the 3rd Army, Army Group 2.
Hobling played no significant role in either the Battle of France in 1940 or the Lorraine Campaign of 1944. Although there are signs of battle around. Hobling remained under Army control until after 1971.

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This is the Boulay Sector on Google Earth. It just shows how much there is and was of the Maginot Line in this area.
Fortified Sector of Boulay
Ouvrages
• Ouvrage Hackenberg (GO)
• Ouvrage Mont des Welches (GO)
• Ouvrage Michelsberg (GO)
• Ouvrage Anzeling (GO)
• Ouvrage Coucou (PO)
• Ouvrage Hobling (PO)
• Ouvrage Bousse (PO)
• Ouvrage Bovenberg (PO)
• Ouvrage Berenbach (PO)
• Ouvrage Denting (PO)
• Ouvrage Village de Coume (PO)
• Ouvrage Annexe Nord de Coume (PO)
• Ouvrage Annexe Sud de Coume (PO)
• Ouvrage Mottemberg (PO)



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CORF --- Commission d'Organisation des Régions Fortifiées.
PO ------- Petit Ouvrage A small fort.
GO ------- Gros ouvrage A large fort.
X ---------- Infantry fort A barracks.
GFM ----- Guet-fusil mitrailleur Station for observation and automatic rifle cloche.
EH -------- Entrée des hommes The troopés entrance
RIF ------- Fortress Infantry Regiment
EM ------- Entrée des munitions Munitions entrance.
AC ------- Anti char - Anti-tank.

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Petit ouvrage Hobling (A23) sits between GO du Michelsberg (A22), Huberbusch and Edling Nord/Sud (C60), PO du Bois-de-Bousse (A24) , GO Anzling (A25) (known now as Fort aux Fresques).
This PO covers the road from Hobling with machine gun fire from its four blocks. The main entry block is B2. B3 & B1 the cloches have been cut off for scrap value. B2 & B4 still have their cloches intact.

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GFM cloche.

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Barbed wire being laid.

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The road from Germany the areas that were being defended.

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Plan.

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Le transformateur extérieur - Electrical sub-station.
All Maginot forts used mains electricity and needed sub-stations to step down the mains power and sent into the Overage to another substation in the middle of the underground. Power was then stepped up or down as needed for each item used.

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Insulators still in place at A24.

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French glass insulators.

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Le transformateur extérieur - Electrical sub-station.

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Le transformateur extérieur - Electrical sub-station.

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A 1957 air photo of Hobling showing the barbed wire outer defence.

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Steel picket.

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Heaps of barbed wire.

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Barbed wire pickest still in place. There can also be short spikes that can stick into your feet. It can be very dangerous and you have to be very carefull.

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A spike.

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Steel picket and concrete base. These were buried into the grownd and barbed wire hooked over the pig tail end.

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Wire on a picket post.

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Safely parked up.

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Plan.

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Looking into the woodland.

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Block 2:
Entrance.

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Block 2:
Front face of showing the firing embarasures.

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Block 2:
Gun embrasures. Left a twin machine gun embrasure and Right a 47mm anti-tank gun (JM/AC47) embrasure.

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Overage.

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47mm anti-tank gun.

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Block 2:
Machine gun embrasure covering the ditch. The metal trunking is to protect the mains electric entering the overage.

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Overage.

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Fusil-mitrailleur Modéle 1924 -1929 Model1931D machine gunthe heavier barrel allowed for more sustained fire before overheating,

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Embrasure with a gun in place.

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Block 2:
I think this allows foul air to be removed fron gun rooms when sustained fighting.

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Overage.

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Block 2:
This looks like ready ammunition niches in a fortress guns position, but here I am have been informed are to store spare mines and barbed wire.

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Block 2:
Although the books say this Overage was not fought over, this looks like a shell crater to me.

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German horse drawn field artillery.

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Block 2:
Two GFM cloches.

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Block 2:
GFM cloche --- Guet-fusil mitrailleur Station for observation and automatic rifle cloche.
Observation by human eye and binoculars.

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GFM cloche.

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GFM type A.

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Block 2:
GFM cloche no2.

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Block 2:
Entrance into the overage accross what should be a drawbridge.

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Plan.

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Plan of entrance.

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Draw bridge.

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Block 2:
Armoured door. The fittings for the draw bridge have all been removed but there are some fittings just below the door.

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Block 2:
Entrance passage into the overage. Note the painted walls, most of these overages are painted this way.

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Plan.

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Block 2:
This is a plan of another overage very like this B2. and I have slightely adjusted it to look about correct.

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Block 2:
Continuing in.

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Block 2:
Side embrasure covering the moat.

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Plan.

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Model 1924-1929D machine gun, the heavier barrel allowed for more sustained fire before overheating,

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Embrasure.

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Embrasure outside.

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Block 2:
Embrasure with all the fittings now missing and to the right a tube to drop granades down into the moat.
When the gun fires, spent cases run down a tube through the hole in the wall below and out into the moat.

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Model 1924-1929D machine gunThe heavier barrel allowed for more sustained fire before overheating,

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Bronze granade launcher.

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Boxes of granades.

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Block 2:
View out into the moat.

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Block 2:
GFM cloche --- Guet-fusil mitrailleur Station for observation and automatic rifle cloche.
Observation by human eye and binoculars. To arrive at the cloche you either have to climbe the ladder or the floor of the fighting platform can be lowered by a large (motor cycle) type chain and by winding a handle.

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GFM cloche --- Guet-fusil mitrailleur Station for observation and automatic rifle cloche.
Observation by human eye and binoculars.

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Block 2:
GFM cloche --- Guet-fusil mitrailleur Station for observation and automatic rifle cloche.
Embrasures.

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Block 2:
GFM cloche --- Guet-fusil mitrailleur Station for observation and automatic rifle cloche.
Standing on the platform at the top.

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Block 2:
Main fighting room. Two embrasures one for a twin 7.5 mm JM machine gun and a single 7.5 mm JM machine gun. Fusil-mitrailleur Modéle 1924 M29.
JM machine gun
- 140 000 under cloche or niche
- 200 000 by turret.
FM 7.5 mm Bolt action rifle and magazine fed machine gun.
- 40,000 per FM under cloche or niche.
- 1,000 per entry defense FM.

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Plan.

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MAS-36 rifle.

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MAS-36 rifle.

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this is a very good illistration of a twin machine gun hinged back the embrasure and the 47mm Antichar gun on two large I beams being brought into action.

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47mm Antichar.

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Plan.

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Block 2:
This embrasure is a twin where a machine gun can be hinged into the embrasure or hinged out (like a door) and on two large I beams a 47mm Antichar gun. A/T gun replacing it.

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Plan.

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Model 1924-1929D machine gun, the heavier barrel allowed for more sustained fire before overheating,

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Block 2:
The second embrasure.

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A sigle machine gun magazine fed..

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Plan.

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Bag of ready ammunition.

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Block 2:
The main stair way down into the bowls of the earth. The square and round tubes are for the fresh air ducting.

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Plan.

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Block 2:
Looking down the stairs. This also had a lift mechanism to lift ammunition from the magazines below to the fighting rooms and also to deliver much needed food, etc. to be lowered down to the lower levels. Four flights and down to the second level.

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Loose ammunition for a machine gun.

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Wooden ammunition boxes.

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Block 2:
Now to the second level.

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Block 2:
Second level.

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Plan second floor.

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Block 2: Second level.
Corrador.

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Plan second floor.

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Block 2: Second level.
Escape. On the far floor is the armoured escape hatch.

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Plan second floor.

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Block 2: Second level. Escape.
Although the door has been removed there is still a heavy peice of wood to block off the entrance. Behind the wood is a tunnel going virtical, with a steel ladder to another hatch covered by earth and grass as camouflage at the top. The tube is filled with sand and a trapdoor release will let the sand drop down and open up the tube.

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Escape plan.

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Block 2: Second level.
Steel escape door, too heavy to be lifted all the way up the stairs.

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Block 2: Second level.
This is a crew room with a steel reinforced wall and two levels of beds, the metal shields are between each sleeping soldeir to allow some privacy.

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Plan second floor.

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A room of about the same size with two layers of bunk beds.

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Block 2: Second level.
Ahhh!!! the Turkish.

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Block 2: Second level.
The cesspit. Watch where you put your feet.

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Block 2: Second level.
Water tank.

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Block 2: Second level.

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Block 2: Second level.
I wish now I had gone up and looked in. I wonder if it houses water tanks.

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Block 2: Second level.
Room 25.

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Block 2: Second level.
And on down. About 10 stories from the serfice, about 30meters??

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Nice paint work again.

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Arriving at the bottom of the stairs.

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Underground:
The gates to close off the lift.

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Plan of the undergerground.

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Underground:
La Cuisine
- Kitchens.
We have now left the B2 and am in the

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Usine.

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Underground:
La Cuisine
- Kitchens.
Francois-Vaillant Vadonville (Meuse) cooker to the French militery.

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Underground:
La Cuisine
- Kitchens.
In June 1940 the garrison comprised 115 men and 4 officers of the 164th Fortress Infantry Regiment (RIF) and they would all need to be fed.

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Two of the pots that fit into the cooker.

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Chef.

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Underground:
La Salle des Filtres
- Gas filtration room.
Due to gas warfair being used in WW1, the French like all nations worried about gas attacks. So all their Overages were protected against gas attack. A large rubber seal was attached to all gas tight doors.
The next deffence was to over pressurise the Overage to above normal air pressure by means of large fans. Succing in air from outside, and punping it all around the overage. The air then escaped through small apitures as embrasures and gun positions. This had two effects, one to obviate the gas problem and also when a gun fired it helped to remove the foul gasses produced. The last defence against gas was to filter all air coming into the overage and by passing the fresh/or gas tainted air through a filter system. The filters in overages where enough for 12hours and would need constant changing when a gas attack happened over a long perriod. That meant a group of men going to each filter case and replacing the inner filters. A gas life of about 2 to 3 hours each filter.
The fitration system was manufactured by SNCF the railway company and all these filters seem to have dates of 1939 and 1940.

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The rubber gas seal around a door.

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Filter casset.

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Mercury barrometer, to check the air pressure inside the overage. From (A24) Bois de Bousse (Fort aux Fresques).

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A basic U tube manometer..

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Underground:
La Salle des Filtres
- Gas filtration room.
An electric motor drove a large fan to produce over pressure the overage. There is no way a manual over ride that could produce the energy to replace the electric motor.

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This is the fan.

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Underground:
La Salle des Filtres
- Gas filtration room.
Input from the electrical supply.

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Underground:
La Salle des Filtres
- Gas filtration room.
Switch behind the door.

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Underground:
La Salle des Filtres
- Gas filtration room.
The pannel is upside down and off the wall and I think it controled the motors. Lights inside show up what is or is not working.

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Control panel.

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Underground:
Unsure what it says on door 22.

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Large steel blast door to stop an internal blast moving through the tunnels.

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Underground:
L'usine Electrique
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Underground:
L'usine Electrique
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Here I believe was one Renault deisel engine to run all the electrics throughout Hobling (A23)'s overages.
An electrical plant with two diesel generator sets of 50 horsepower Renault ensured power in case the suspention of the civil network.

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Michelsberg 1 engine, the green bottle is an oxygen bottle to pressurise a one engine cylender to turn it over to start. The Control panel on the right.

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An8 hp (Lille Company of Motors) for emergency intended for the lighting of the engine room and the recharging of the bottles of compressed air necessary for the starting of the engines.

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Underground:
L'usine Electrique
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The engine block of a 50 horsepower Renault.

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Mickelsberg No3 engine.

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Underground:
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The exhaust pipe outlet, probably somewhere above is a pipe outlet.

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Underground:
L'usine Electrique
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Alternator/dynamo producing I think 440v AC to power the whole of Hobling's (A23) overages.

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Underground:
L'usine Electrique
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Tool cabinet and work table.

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Tool panel.

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Underground:
L'usine Electrique
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Looking back at the entrance.

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Underground:
L'usine Electrique
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A narrow corridor where shelves and cabinets held spair parts probably for the whole of the overages. The machanic could repair nearly any item mechanical and an electrician the electrics.

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Spairs shelf along the corridor..

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I think the narrow passage is this one.

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Underground:
L'usine Electrique
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More shelving.

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Underground:
L'usine Electrique
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Deisel fuel tanks about three. 185,000 littres of fuel would have been stored here with a reserve off site of 4,800.

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Underground:
Contiuing on.
The cabinet if a fire cabinet and would have had fire hoses inside and they seem to be a standard designe all the way through the maginot overages.

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Fire cabinet showing the colours it would have been painted.

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Underground:
Ablusions
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Underground:
Toilettes
Turkish.

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Passage.

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Caserne
- Barracks.
War manning of Hobling (A23) was for 115 men. Here about 18 men would sleap.

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Caserne.

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Underground:
Caserne
- Barracks.
A small space for recreation and the Warrant Officers room beyond.

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Underground:
Caserne
- Barracks Warrant Officers.
Hooks to hang equipment.

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Shelf to store your hats and hook your canteen.

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Underground:
Caserne
- Barracks Warrant Officers.
There may have been four Sergeants/Warrant Officers (adjudant) living in this room.

Hobling (A23), Ligne Maginot

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27 January 2018

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Underground:
Caserne
- Barracks Warrant Officers.

Hobling (A23), Ligne Maginot

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27 January 2018

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Underground:
Caserne
- Barracks.
More mens barrack room.

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27 January 2018

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Underground:
Cabling and pipe work on one side was duplicated on the other side for safety.

Hobling (A23), Ligne Maginot

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27 January 2018

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Underground:
There was no dining hall or recreation rooms, so the men had to sit at folding tables and on small metal stools.

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Metal stool with a wooden seat.

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Two table one folded away and the other out.

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Hobling (A23), Ligne Maginot

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27 January 2018

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Underground:
Gas tight doors.

Hobling (A23), Ligne Maginot

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27 January 2018

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Underground:
Posibly the officers room.

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27 January 2018

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Underground:
We did not venture any further, behind these two steel doors is a brick not concrete tunnel to another of the overages possibly Block 4.

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Plan.

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27 January 2018

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Underground:
Infermerie
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The door number 62.

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27 January 2018

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Underground:
Infermerie
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27 January 2018

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Underground:
Infermerie
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Hobling (A23), Ligne Maginot

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27 January 2018

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Underground:
Infermerie
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27 January 2018

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Underground:
Infermerie
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Door 65.

Hobling (A23), Ligne Maginot

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27 January 2018

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Underground:
L´entrée des cables - Comunications cable inlet.
All comunications cables came through here, they came down from the being buried about 1 to 3 meters in depth.

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27 January 2018

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Underground:
Central Telephonique
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Communications room, this is where target infromation has been shared between many Overages in the area and targets worked out. Many of the guns/mortars do not have open sites and needed to be told where to fire. Before hostilaties most Maginot forts had never fired their guns as they were in and around the local poulation, so one overage was set out in a militery training area where live fire training could be carried out.

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27 January 2018

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Underground:
Central Telephonique
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Telephone number 0 688
Cdt de l'ouvrage : Cne Boileau
Off adjoint : Lt Blangille
Bloc 2 : Asp Krause
Bloc 4 : Lt Durand

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Telephone exchange.

Hobling (A23), Ligne Maginot

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27 January 2018

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Underground:
Central Telephonique
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Renseignements - Information board.

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Ordres - Orders.

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Telephone exchange.

Hobling (A23), Ligne Maginot

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27 January 2018

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Underground:
SRO ?
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27 January 2018

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Underground:
SRO ?
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A small hole in the room for information to be passed through and a folding table on the wall. Possibly the senior officers room.

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27 January 2018

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Underground:
Fresh air vent.

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27 January 2018

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Underground:
Possibly the radio room and the shelving and cabling is for that. Radios could be used as a last resort if the main cable was broken, but the smaller units only had receivers and could not transmit??

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A radio like this may have been used.

Hobling (A23), Ligne Maginot

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27 January 2018

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Underground:
Fittings missing off the wall.

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27 January 2018

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Underground:
There seems to a be a couple of wall painting designs and this is one more, and being the cynique I think this was an officrs only area??

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Underground:
Bits abandond.

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27 January 2018

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Underground:
You can see the length of this tunnel. As we did not have a plan as we had no idea we could get inside, it was all a bit interesting. I did point a bottle to the main staircase just in case.

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The way out.

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27 January 2018

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All these overages have mud/boot scrapers of about two designs.

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27 January 2018

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Block 1:
Infantry block with two GFM cloches,armed with a JM cloches (twinning machine guns).
This is a GFM cloche.

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GFM cloche.

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GFM cloche.

Hobling (A23), Ligne Maginot

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27 January 2018

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Block 1:
GFM cloche cut off but you can see how thick it was and how deap down it goes, into a very watery hole..

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How it would have looked.

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Plan.

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27 January 2018

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Block 1:
GFM cloche cut off or torn out. This is the second.

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Plan.

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Block 1:
JM Cloche for jumelage de mitrailleuses, two machine guns.

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Plan.

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JM Cloche.

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How it may have looked inside.

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27 January 2018

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Block 1:
JM Cloche for jumelage de mitrailleuses, two machine guns.

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27 January 2018

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Block 1:
Clive looking to the rear of B1.

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Plan.

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27 January 2018

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Block 4:
Observation block with one observation cloche (VDP) and one automatic rifle embrasure.
Very hard to see the cloches through the trees.

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Plan.

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Block 4:
Observation cloche (VDP) with a periscope hole in its top..

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Plan.

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Block 4:
GFM A type which could take a .

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B4.

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GFM A type.

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Model 1924-1929D machine gun, the heavier barrel allowed for more sustained fire before overheating,

Hobling (A23), Ligne Maginot

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27 January 2018

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Block 1:
There were two of these armoured air vents on this overage, odd little fittings.

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Plan.

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Armoured air vent.

Hobling (A23), Ligne Maginot

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