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FORT DES DUNES

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Hidden : 6/26/2013
Difficulty:
3 out of 5
Terrain:
2.5 out of 5

Size: Size: regular (regular)

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      "FORT DES DUNES"

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La création du fort des Dunes répondait, à la suite de la guerre de 1870, au besoin de protéger les villes-frontières par une ceinture de forts.

En 1874, le général Séré de Rivières qui dirigeait les services du génie était maître d'œuvre de la construction d'un système de fortifications.

Un seul fort terrestre de type « Séré de Rivières » fut construit sur le littoral : Le fort des Dunes qui devait devenir l'une des pièces maîtresses de la stratégie de défense du territoire et de l'agglomération dunkerquoise.

Le secteur dunaire permet d'incorporer au paysage un ouvrage fortifié. Qui pourrait se douter que le mont de sable à la sortie deLeffrinckoucke abrite un fort de douze hectares et réalisé avec plus de 40 000 000 briques faites sur place ?

Ce lieu chargé d’histoire ouvre une partie du casernement des troupes pour vous faire découvrir des expositions sur les fortifications Séré de Rivières et la défense de Dunkerque. Ainsi que l’histoire du fort des Dunes qui participa activement à la défense de Dunkerque lors de l’opération Dynamo dont une maquette retrace l’événement.

   

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   THE "FORT DES DUNES"

The Fort des Dunes was built as the westernmost frontier fort in the Séré de Rivières system, in the coastal sand dunes within a few hundred metres of the English Channel. The chosen site was both served by and a place of protection for the coastal railway and canal. It occupies a sandy hill 27 metres (89 ft) high, and is itself protected by as many as 6 metres (20 ft) of sand cover. The rectangular fort is surrounded by a dry moat defended by caponiers that provide a protected firing position to sweep the length of the ditch with gunfire. The main fort is accessed by a drawbridge over the ditch. The Fort des Dunes was armed with a variety of artillery over its history, initially mounted on the fort's surface. The fort's barracks and service areas are recessed into the surface and covered with soil and turf. The walls are built of brick and stone masonry. It was initially armed with about 25 artillery pieces, served by 451 men.

The Fort des Dunes did not see action during the First World War, since it was well behind the lines. It was garrisoned largely by reservists. The fort's primary function during this time was as a munitions depot

 

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Enffrzoyrzrag qr "pôarf" à 1 zèger qr yrhe zèer.... / Sve-pbar ng bar zrgre neebhaq uvf zbgure...

Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
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N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



 

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