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Report - Ouvrage Hobling, France - October 2017

The_Raw

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Ouvrage Hobling is a lesser work (petit ouvrage) of the Maginot Line. Located in the Fortified Sector of Boulay, the ouvrage consists of two infantry blocks and two observation blocks, and is located between gros ouvrage Michelsberg and petit ouvrage Bousse, facing Germany. Hobling was approved for construction by CORF (Commission d'Organisation des Régions Fortifiées), the Maginot Line's design and construction agency, in 1931 and became operational by 1935, at a cost of 14 million francs. Hobling played no significant role in either the Battle of France in 1940 or the Lorraine Campaign of 1944. After the Second World War it became part of the Mòle de Boulay, a strongpoint in the northeastern defenses against Soviet attack. It remained under Army control until 1971, after which it was declassified and sold in 1975. It has been stripped of metals and left abandoned.

I've been to a fair few of these now. It's often a wild goose chase looking for the entrance in the middle of the forest but that's part of the fun. I think this was the only success we had out of 5 attempts that day so it was nice to get something done. There's hardly any pictures online so we weren't sure what to expect. It turned out to be in fairly good condition, no graffiti, the kitchen still intact, and a few other bits worth seeing. As with all of these bunkers it's an important piece of WW2 history which is why I find them so fascinating no matter how little or how much is left.

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Not a good time to lose your footing....
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One of the gun turrets
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Thanks for looking :thumb
 

HughieD

28DL Regular User
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Look forward to a bit of Raw and this report was no different. Fantastic stuff as always. And that downward looking staircase shot. Oh my, oh my.
 

Calamity Jane

i see beauty in the unloved, places & things
Regular User
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Loved it. Dark & light, youve done this place justice. Looking down at height not my faulty, but makes great shots. So much interesting things here. Great as always :cool: