Metz 10.01.2009 Feste Freiherr von der Goltz
This time the ARN visited the former imperial fortress of
Feste Freiherr von der Goltz was one of the largest Festen around
The eastern part, the group “Gruppe” Ars – Laquenexy consisted of a infantry strongpoint, a so-called “Infanteriestützpunkt” with concrete barracks, a so-called “Kaserne” in one big block surrounded by infantry defence positions linked to smaller concrete shelters with infantry observations cupolas, so-called “Wachtürme” and one entry defence block, a so-called “Kehlgrabenstreiche”. More to the west there is an unfinished barrack block, where only the subterranian floor was build, one block for the trenchdefence that also housed the artillery commander, the so-called “Artilleriekommandostand” and two battery blocks, each with 3 x 10 cm guns under a steel cupola. Last but not least two artillery observation blocks with steel cupolas, the so-called “Panzerbeobachtungsstände” completed this eastern part.
Between “Gruppe” Ars – Laquenexy and Infanteriewerk Mercy is the fortress own powerplant, the so-called “Kraftstelle” located. This is a big one and a half level underground concrete block, housing two big coolingwatertanks in the lower level and 12 engines and three big gasoil tanks in the upper level.
The central part was the Infanteriewerk Mercy consisting of one big “Kaserne”, surrounded by infantry defences linked to the “Wachtürme” and defended by two large double “Grabenstreichen”.
The western part was the Infanteriewerk Jury consisting of one “Kaserne”, surrounded by infantry defences linked to the “Wachtürme” and again defended by two “Grabenstreichen”. The concrete barracks are of a special design, as it also houses two 7,7 cm guns covering the terrain to the west to close the gap to the next fortification, the Infanteriewerk Chesny Nord. This two 7,7 cm guns were placed in a big chamber behind a steelplate. Next to it another steelplate protects the searchlight, that served the 7,7 cm guns. This is a very nice, expensive and therefore rare ensemble that can be found not very often in the fortress ring of
During the first worldwar the fortress of
Infanteriewerk Jury was also damaged in the battle of
The guns of the two battery blocks are missing today, nevertheless the cupolas are still in place.
After the war the “Infanteriestützpunkt” of “Gruppe” Ars – Laquenexy housed troops, belonging to NATO forces that were located around the
According to the official signs along the road leading through the woods the whole “Feste” is still located inside a military area. Graffity, traces of copperthiefes and vandalism clearly show that this place is abandoned today.