Ouvrage La Salmagne

Ouvrage La Salmagne
Ouvrage La Salmagne
Part of Maginot Line New Fronts, Séré de Rivières system
Northern France
Ouvrage La Salmagne is located in France
Shown within France
Coordinates 50°19′21″N 4°01′08″E / 50.32253°N 4.01881°E / 50.32253; 4.01881Coordinates: 50°19′21″N 4°01′08″E / 50.32253°N 4.01881°E / 50.32253; 4.01881
Built 1934-1938
Construction
materials
Concrete, steel, deep excavation, masonry
Current
condition
Preserved
Open to
the public
Yes
Controlled by France
Battles/wars Siege of Maubeuge, Battle of France
Ouvrage La Salmagne
Type of work: Small artillery work (Petit ouvrage)
sector
Fortified Sector of Maubeuge
Regiment: 101st Fortress Infantry Regiment (RIF)
Number of blocks: 2
Strength: 3 officers, 97 men

Ouvrage La Salmagne is a petit ouvrage of the Maginot Line, built as part of the "New Fronts" program to address shortcomings in the Line's coverage of the border with Belgium. Like the other three ouvrages near Maubeuge, it is built on an old Séré de Rivières system fortification, near the town of Bersillies. The Ouvrage Bersillies is nearby to the northwest. La Salmagne has been preserved and is open to the public.

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Séré de Rivières

The original Ouvrage de la Salmagne was built to the northeast of Bersillies in 1884-1895 as part of the Séré de Rivières fortifications of Maubeuge. The trapezoidal fort is surrounded by a ditch defended by counterscarps. It was armed with six 120mm guns, four 95mm guns and several smaller pieces. La Salmagne was attacked by German forces in 1914 during the Siege of Maubeuge. It surrendered to the Germans on 5 September 1914.[1]

Design and construction

The Maginot-era site was approved in 1934. Work cost 6.2 million francs.[2]

Description

La Salmagne comprises two combat blocks. The ouvrage[nb 1] was built within the walls of the old Ouvrage de la Salmagne. An underground gallery connects the two blocks, with underground service and barracks spaces under Block 1.[5]

Manning

The 1940 manning of the ouvrage under the command of Captain Brichard comprised 97 men and 3 officers of the 84th Fortress Infantry Regiment. The units were under the umbrella of the 101st Fortress Infantry Division, 1st Army, Army Group 1.[5][8]

History of the Maginot ouvrage

See Fortified Sector of Maubeuge for a broader discussion of the events of 1940 in the Maubeuge sector of the Maginot Line.

During the Battle of France in 1940, the invading German forces approached Maubeuge from the south and east, to the rear of the defensive line. The German 28th Infantry Division moved along the line of fortifications 19–22 May, rolling up blockhouses and larger fortifications. La Salmagne was hit with aerial and artillery bombardments. After the fall of Ouvrage Boussois on 22 May the Germans concentrated on La Salmagne, which had been supporting its neighbor. 15 cm gunfire was concentrated on Block 2, which was evacuated at 1500. After the AM cloche on Block 1 was destroyed by explosives the position lost all means of resistance. Facing asphyxiation from smoke and fumes, La Salmagne's garrison surrendered at 2030.[9]

Current condition

La Salmagne is managed by the Association des Amis de la Forteresse du Secteur Fortifié de Maubeuge. The association is working to preserve the site and to allow visitation. It is occasionally open to the public.[1][10][11]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ English-language sources use the French term ouvrage as the preferred term for the Maginot positions, in preference to "fort", a term usually reserved for older fortifications with passive defenses in the form of walls and ditches, although in this case ouvrage also applies to a lesser fortification with a small garrison.[3] The literal translation of ouvrage in the sense of a fortification in English is "work." A Maginot gros ouvrage is a large fortification with a significant artillery component, while a petit ouvrage is smaller, with lighter arms.[4]

References

  1. ^ a b Puelinckx, Jean; et al (2010). "La Salmagne (fort de)" (in French). Index de la Fortification Française 1874-1914. fortiff.be. http://www.fortiff.be/iff/index.php?p=1886. Retrieved 14 May 2010. 
  2. ^ Mary, Tome 1, p. 52
  3. ^ Kaufmann 2006, p. 13
  4. ^ Kaufmann 2006, p.20
  5. ^ a b Mary, Tome 3, p. 67
  6. ^ Puelinckx, Jean; Aublet, Jean-Louis & Mainguin, Sylvie (2010). "Salmagne (po de la) Bloc 1" (in French). Index de la Ligne Maginot. fortiff.be. http://www.fortiff.be/maginot/index.php?p=1708. Retrieved 14 May 2010. 
  7. ^ Puelinckx, Jean; et al (2010). "Salmagne (po de la) Bloc 2" (in French). Index de la Ligne Maginot. fortiff.be. http://www.fortiff.be/maginot/index.php?p=1709. Retrieved 14 May 2010. 
  8. ^ Mary, Tome 3, p. 66
  9. ^ Mary, Tome 3, p.p. 181-182
  10. ^ Caty, Marcel (18 August 2003). "Association Amifort" (in French). Amifort. http://amifort.maubeuge.free.fr/. Retrieved 14 May 2010. 
  11. ^ "Le fort de la Salmagne a ouvert ses portes" (in French). La Voix du Nord. 27 July 2008. http://www.lavoixdunord.fr/Locales/Maubeuge/actualite/Autour_de_Maubeuge/De_Jeumont_a_Bavay/2008/07/25/article_le-fort-de-la-salmagne-a-ouvert-ses-port.shtml. Retrieved 14 May 2010. 

Bibliography

  • Allcorn, William. The Maginot Line 1928-45. Oxford: Osprey Publishing, 2003. ISBN 1-84176-646-1
  • Kaufmann, J.E. and Kaufmann, H.W. Fortress France: The Maginot Line and French Defenses in World War II, Stackpole Books, 2006. ISBN 0-275-98345-5
  • Kaufmann, J.E. , Kaufmann, H.W., Jancovič-Potočnik, A. and Lang, P. The Maginot Line: History and Guide, Pen and Sword, 2011. ISBN 978-1-84884-068-3
  • Mary, Jean-Yves; Hohnadel, Alain; Sicard, Jacques. Hommes et Ouvrages de la Ligne Maginot, Tome 1. Paris, Histoire & Collections, 2001. ISBN 2-908182-88-2 (French)
  • Mary, Jean-Yves; Hohnadel, Alain; Sicard, Jacques. Hommes et Ouvrages de la Ligne Maginot, Tome 2. Paris, Histoire & Collections, 2003. ISBN 2-908182-97-16 (French)
  • Mary, Jean-Yves; Hohnadel, Alain; Sicard, Jacques. Hommes et Ouvrages de la Ligne Maginot, Tome 3. Paris, Histoire & Collections, 2003. ISBN 2-913903-88-6 (French)
  • Mary, Jean-Yves; Hohnadel, Alain; Sicard, Jacques. Hommes et Ouvrages de la Ligne Maginot, Tome 5. Paris, Histoire & Collections, 2009. ISBN 978-2-35250-127-5 (French)

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