VALLO ALPINO - BLOCKADE

"GRISE"

Blockade "Grise"

XXII. Sector (Idria), Subsector XXII. C.(Montenero)

Sbarramento "Grise" - Official designation "Slataper"

Situated near the Godovici crossroads, defending the access road from Gotedrassizza (Hotedrsica - yugoslav territory), as well as Godovici - Montenero road. Consists of five separate forts, some constructed above the ground as massive concrete structures, others underground. At least one unfinished underground fort. Also, a number of field HMG and LMG positions, as well as passive AT defences including minefields.

Official complement: 224 enlisted men, 3 officers.

Armament: 20 HMGs, 10 LMGs, 4 AT guns, two 81 mm mortars.



 

Fort No. 1: below the Godovici - Montenero road, westernmost of all the forts of this blockade. Built under ground, with a steel turret armed with two HMGs. One caserne with ammo, food and water storages. Photophone for communication with fort No. 3. Gas-proof doors and air regenerator for anti-gas defence. Peculiarity of this fort is that its safety exit opens up into a huge tunnel, up to 7 meters high and more than 300 meters long, partially in concrete and partially a two storey (!) excavation. It could serve a purpose of shelter for large quantity of troops in event of secret troops concentration prior to attack on Yugoslavia, but it is unclear whether it was excavated before, for some different purpose, and only later partially used for the construction of the fort...

Fort No. 2: W side of Godovici - Montenero road, immediately above the sharp turn of road, controlling access from Godovici tunnel. Built mainly above the ground (but well "dug in"), as a concrete structure armed with two HMGs behind steel shields with minimum forward thickness. One caserne situated in the main structure, with ammo, food and water storages. Photophones for communication with fort No. 3. Gas-proof doors and air regenerator for anti-gas defence, but no separate power generator.

Fort No. 3: situated to the left from Godovici tunnel in the direction of Montenero, consisting of a concrete structure armed with two HMGs: one behind steel shield with minimum forward thickness, other in steel casemate. One caserne situated in the main structure, with ammo, food and water storages. Photophones for communication with all the other forts, making fort No. 3 a real "champion" of the Vallo by the number of photophone tubes. Gas-proof doors and air regenerator for anti-gas defence.

Fort No. 4: situated to the South from previous three forts, in the direction of Gotedrassizza, built into a small hill closing the pictoresque valley leading towards Godovici - Montenero road. Four combat blocks, two armed with 57/43 mm Nordenfelt AT guns, and two with HMGs in steel casemates. One large caserne with ammo, food and water storages, with separate AT ammo storages close to AT blocks. Photophones for communication with forts No. 3 and No. 5. Gas-proof doors and air regenerators for anti-gas defence, power generator situated close to one of two entrances.

Fort No. 5: situated to the South from fort No. 4, in the direction of Gotedrassizza, built into a hill over Godovici - Gotedrassizza road. Four (?) combat blocks, three armed with HMGs in steel casemates, and one unidentified (probably a HMG block). One large caserne with ammo, food and water storages. Photophone for communication with fort No. 4. Gas-proof doors and air regenerator for anti-gas defence, power generator situated close to one of three (!) entrances.

 

Present state of the forts:

all forts preserved and accessible (and not even especially dirty, like the others "accessible" bunkers). Every entrance has (non original) wooden doors, the ones of fort No. 4 are closed, but there is still a way to squeeze inside - over only partially closed right AT block embrasure. Gas-proof doors, electrical and other outfittings are removed, and even some reinforcing steel beams. Generally, the forts are in very good condition, although forts No. 1, 2 and 5 have problems with flooding of some parts. Fort No. 5 is the only one with one corridor blocked by debris - it leading to another combat position being only my guess...

 

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