VALLO ALPINO - BLOCKADE
«Vallo Alpino» («Alpine Wall») Eastern Front – XXV. Sector – Subsector XXV. B.
Blockade (Sbarramento) "Mt. Obrame" (Obramec) - Official designation unknown
Situated near height 1004, defending the crossroads on the road that from Case Massun goes eastwards, over Mt. Obrame pass toward the border. It includes two underground forts connected by long underground corridor, a number of field-type MG and HMG nests, a separate AT position and passive AT defences (concrete cylinders, mouts, steel wire blockade and minefields).
Fort No. 1 ("Centro No. 1"): NE side of the road, consisting of two combat blocks, each armed with one HMG placed in steel casemate almost flush with hill slope. Underground (logistical part) including caserne with ammo, food and drinking water storage. Both forts using one common generator, its room situated near the entrance block of the fort No. 2. Air filters and gas-proof doors for anti-gas defence.
Fort No. 2 ("Centro No. 2"): SE side
of the road, three combat blocks: two HMGs in steel casemates, two HMGs
in steel turret. No separate observatory block, steel turret performing
its role. Underground (logistical part) including caserne with ammo,
food and drinking water storage. Generator room supplying both forts
situated near the entrance, air filters and gas-proof doors for anti-gas
defence. Underground corridor connecting two forts.
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). All casemates blown up, steel turret removed.
Logistical parts in reasonably good shape, not too unsafe. Access stairways
towards destroyed positions blocked by debris. Vertical access ducts
are to be negotiated carefully, and the one leading towards turret position
is unsafe. Remains of steel poles still holding traces of barbed wire
that once encircled the area. New forrest covering the sorry remains
of the combat blocks.
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