VALLO ALPINO - BLOCKADE

"PODERTIA"

Blockade "Podertia"

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

Blockade ("Sbarramento") "Podertia" (Podroteja) - Official designation "Pellizzari"

Situated near Zala - Idrijica rivers confluence, defending the main road Cottedarsizza (Hotedrsica) - Idria, and the road that goes along Zala river towards Bela. Consists of three separate forts, all constructed mainly above the ground as massive concrete structures. Also, a number of field HMG and LMG positions, as well as passive AT defences including AT wall and minefields.

Official complement: 139 enlisted men, 2 officers.

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


 

Fort No. 1: E side of the main road, consisting of main concrete structure armed with two HMGs (one behind steel shield and one behind "armor in three parts") and a separate underground HMG position (behind steel shield) connected to the main part by an underground gallery. One caserne situated in the main structure, together with power generator supplying all three forts. Ammo, food and water storages, photophones for communication with other two forts. One caserne situated underground, halfway towards separate HMG position (the one controlling access road from Godovici). Gas-proof doors for anti-gas defence but, rather than using special filters, air regenerator was used to "recycle" air for the crews in the case of gas attack.

Fort No. 2: W side of the main road, over the bridge, 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. 1. Gas-proof doors and air regenerator for anti-gas defence.

Fort No. 3: NW side of the main road, consisting of main concrete structure armed with two HMGs (one behind steel shield and one behind "armor in three parts"). One caserne situated in the main structure, with ammo, food and water storages. Photophone for communication with fort No. 1. Gas-proof doors and air regenerator for anti-gas defence.

Present state of the forts:

preserved and accessible (dirtiness being the standard problem of "accessible" bunkers). Gas-proof doors, electrical and other outfittings long since removed but, generally, the forts are in very good condition.


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