VALLO ALPINO - BLOCKADE
«Vallo Alpino» («Alpine Wall») Eastern Front – XXVI. Sector – Subsector XXVI. A.
Sbarramento "Mt. Lome" - Official designation "Zanetti"
Situated near height 902, defending the road that from Val Giorgina (Jurjeva Dolina) goes eastwards, toward the road Otosca Dolina - Dane. It includes two separate underground forts, a number of field-type MG and HMG nests, a separate AT position and passive AT defences (concrete cylinders and minefields).
Fort No. 1: E side of the road, consisting of two combat blocks placed above the ground level, each armed with one HMG placed behind steel shields 20 cm thick. Also, one observatory concrete block for communication with nearby fort No. 2. Underground (logistical part) including caserne with ammo, food and drinking water storage. Generator room situated near the entrance block, air filters and gas-proof doors for anti-gas defence.
Fort No. 2: NW side of the road, three combat blocks: two HMGs in separate concrete structures placed above the ground level, two HMGs in steel turret. One observatory concrete block for communication with fort No. 1, one concrete air duct block. Underground (logistical part) including caserne with ammo, food and drinking water storage. Generator room situated near the entrance block, air filters and gas-proof doors for anti-gas defence. Very long underground corridor connecting two parts of the fort.
Present state of the forts:
fully accessible (however, not in winter time, when the road leading towards them becomes intransitable due to the huge amount of snow). Not typically, combat positions are fully preserved and accessible, some steel shields even complete with their HMG supports. However, steel turret was removed, and observatory block of fort No. 2 is damaged. Logistical parts in reasonably good shape, not too unsafe. Naturally, vertical access ducts are to be negotiated carefully. New forrest covers most of the area, so it is not too easy to see the combat blocks.
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