VALLO ALPINO - BLOCKADE

"NICOVA"

Blockade "Nicova"

XXII. Sector (Idria), Subsector XXII. b (Idria)

Blockade ("Sbarramento") "Nicova" (Nikova) - Official designation "Cudrig"

Situated immediately after the town of Idria, defending the Idria - Voschia road passing along the Nicova river canyon. Consists of three separate forts, all constructed above the ground as massive concrete structures. Also, a number of field HMG and LMG positions, as well as passive AT defences including minefields. Two separate concrete observatories - LMG positions, one separate underground caserne - shelter for the troops.

Official complement: 143 enlisted men, 2 officers.

Armament: 13 HMGs, 5 LMGs, two 47/32 AT guns, two 81 mm mortars.



Fort No. 1: N side of the road, left bank of Nicova, consisting of a concrete structure armed with a steel turret with two HMGs. One caserne situated in the main structure, with ammo, food and water storages. Photophone for communication with fort No. 2. Gas-proof doors and air regenerator for anti-gas defence.

Fort No. 2: S side of the road, right bank of Nicova, immediately above the road, consisting of main concrete structure armed with two HMGs behind "armor in three parts". One caserne situated in the main structure, with ammo, food and water storages. Photophones for communication with other two forts. Gas-proof doors and air regenerator for anti-gas defence.

Fort No. 3: N side of the road, closer to Idria, consisting of a concrete structure armed with two HMGs behind "armors in three parts". One caserne situated in the main structure, with ammo, food and water storages. Photophone for communication with fort No. 2. Gas-proof doors and air regenerator for anti-gas defence.


Present state of the forts:

fort No. 1 and 2, as well as smaller structures preserved and accessible (dirtiness being the standard problem of "accessible" bunkers). Forts No. 2 and 3 used as a private sheds - the doors (original?) of No. 3 are closed, and one has to ask the owners (nice people) of the house near fort No. 2 to open it. Gas-proof doors, electrical and other outfittings are generally removed but fort No. 2 still has one of its original doors in place. The forts are in very good condition.


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