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              Fort Mutzig-Feste Kaiser Wilhelm II
              Alsace - Northern Vosges:
               
              Mutzig
               
              Fort de Mutzig - Feste Kaiser Wilhelm II
               
              year of visit: 2010.  
              From Badonviller or the Col du Donon we continue north-eastward for a visit to an extraordinarily well restored sample of German fortifications:
              the Feste Kaiser Wilhelm II, or Fort de Mutzig, lying on a height, some 8 km. away from the 1871-1918 Franco-German Border.
               
              We enter the Feste Kaiser Wilhelm II (F-KWII)... 
               
               
              ...at the northern side of the height via the L-shaped, dry moat.
               
               
              Before we continue exploring the fortress, ...
               
               
              ... I present you a concise reminder about the battles
              of August and September 1914.
               
              French Operations in August 1914.
              At the beginning of the Great War General Joffre launched Plan XVII, a kind of pre-emptive strike to re-conquer the lost Alsace Lorraine sector.
              From 6 August Joffre launched 3 Armies in Alsace Lorraine;
              General Ruffey and his 3rd Army near Metz, General Castelnau and this 2nd Army near Nancy, and General Dubail and his 1st Army near Epinal and the "Crêtes", the summits of the Vosges.
              They were opposed by the Bavarian 6th Army of Crownprinz Rupprecht von Bayern, and the 7th Army of General von Heeringen.
              German Counteroffensives 20 August - 11 September 1914.
              After the first successes of the French 1st and 2nd Army in Alsace Lorraine, the Germans decided to counterattack the two French Armies. On 20 August 1914 Crown Prince Rupprecht Von Bayern's 6th Army attacked General Castelnau's 2nd Army.
              Also on 24 August General Von Heeringen's 7th Army launched, south of the Trouée des Charmes, the Battle of the Haute Meurthe - Mortange, at three mountain passes in the Northern Vosges, at the left flank of General Dubail's 1st Army.
              The Battle for the Grand Couronné, which started at 31 August, was not successful at all for the German 6th Army. At 10 September the Germans decided to withdraw the 6th Army. Under pressure of General's Foch's 20th Army Corps the Germans retreated from Nancy to behind the German border of 1871-1918.  
              (Read for more details about Battle of the Haute Meurthe - Mortange and the Battle for the Grand Couronné my pages about Col du Bonhomme and La Chipotte- La Chapelotte .)
               
              The next frame contains some concise information, ...
               
               
              ... about the Fort de Mutzig - Feste Kaiser Wilhelm II,
              for better understanding this complex and it's purpose.
               
               
              Fort de Mutzig - Feste Kaiser Wilhelm II - 1893-1918. Introduction.
               
               
              In January 1893, Kaiser Wilhelm II himself decided to build a fortress on a 330 m. height above the village of Mutzig and the town of Molsheim, Alsace.
              Four months later, in April, the first construction works began.
              Along with the fortified belt of Strasbourg, the fort barred the way of the Alsatian plain between Strasbourg and the Vosges Mountains, hindering French troops advancing from the west and south to Strasbourg and Metz.
              As a forward outpost of the fortifications of Strasbourg, some 8 km, from the border,  the Feste  Kaiser Wilhelm II guarded the valley of the Bruche-river, and the Grendelbruch east of the Donon.
              The fortress formed a forward component of the German "Breusch-Stellung". (la Bruche-river means in German “Breusch”).
              The construction of the Feste Kaiser Wilhelm II.
               
              This fortress started a new era in German fortification building. The first plans called for five enclosed "unit-forts". The construction started with the central Peacetime Barracks.
              At the same time the Germans constructed two forts in a triangular shape: the East Fort (1893) and the West Fort (1895). Both forts possess each four 150 mm. guns and light 57 mm. artillery guns; six 5 cm. guns in the East Fort, and two in the West Fort.
              Due to the high construction costs the building plans changed from 1900. The next two fortifications were built on a new concept. Instead of enclosing all assets in one fort, they were dispersed in many constructions, vast redoubts, connected by underground tunnels. The firing batteries, shelters, and observations posts were better armored than in a fort, which was traditionally designed during the period before 1900.
              After 1900 three batteries of each four 105 mm. guns were added along the west side of the height. In total the Feste possessed 22 artillery guns, covered by an armored cupola. All fortifications were guarded by trenches or breastworks, “Schützengraben”, marked “S1”, S16”, etc. The construction works and improvements would continue until 1916.
              Stationed Units.
              During peacetime the Feste formed the garrison of the III. Bataillon des 4. Unter-Elsässischen Infanterie-Regiments Nr. 143 from  Mutzig. Every year during four weeks the Badische Fuss-Artillerie Regiment 14 exercised in the Feste. 
              Early in the war, around 12 August 1914, 3 battalions of the  Reserve Infanterie Regiment 60 with components of the Badische Fußartillerie Regiments 14 from Strasbourg, and the 8. Kompanie of the Hohenzollernschen Fußartillerie-Regiment 13 from Breisach am Rhein took over the fortress. Together with artillery teams, maintenance and communication troops, during the war some 6.500 men were stationed in the fortress.
              Later during the war several Bavarian “Landsturm Bataillone” would alternately be stationed at the Feste above Mutzig. For example; these soldiers of the Bavarian Landsturm Infanterie Bataillon Wasserburg, a component of the Bavarian 36. Reserve Division, were stationed at Mutzig in 1916.
              18 August 1914; 291 Artillery Salvo's.
              During the Great War the Feste Kaiser Wilhelm II never endured an attack or a siege. The only feat of the Feste happened on 18 August 1914, when the 105 mm. guns fired 291 salvo’s on approaching French troops near Urmatt, some 7,5 km. away to the west, in the Valley of the Bruche.
              The Guided Tour.
               
              The main part of the height is still French military terrain and not accessible to the public. Only some 10 percent of the fortress complex, the northern site, is open to the public under guidance of well informed, bilingual guides of "Der Förderverein Feste Kaiser Wilhelm II". The visit to the Feste lasts 2,5 hours! We will have to walk at a steady pace for about 3.5 km., much of it underground, and we will have to climb many stairs. We will find original equipment like kitchens, power generator rooms, a bakery, etc. The inner temperature level underground is constant at 12-14° Celsius.
              At the entrance of the Feste you have the option for a French spoken tour or a German spoken tour. To get in the right mood for this German fortress we choose of course for the German tour. In a group of about 35 persons we follow this guided tour, which makes it difficult for me to shoot photo’s without other tourists. But anyhow, as you will see later on this page, I know to overcome this problem! 
              Route.
              The tour will lead us from the dry moat to the entrance at MG Grabenwehr GrWr1, to lead us via a tunnel undergound into Infanterieraum JR1, next underground to Infanterieraum JR 16, to visit again above ground Schützengraben S16,  a Beobachtungspanzer, Schützengraben S1, Infanterieraum JR1 outdoors, and Batterie 1.
              Period photo's of Landsturm Infanterie Bataillon Wasserburg, fieldpostcards send from Mutzig; courtesy of my Australian friend, Brett Butterworth.
               
              We resume our exploration at
              Maschinen-Gewehr Kasematte GrWr1 (Construction: 1914).
              The corner of the moat forms a fortified inner gate, ...
               
               
              ... which the French call a "coffre de contre-escarpe",
              or a counterscarp gallery.
               
               
              The counterscarp gallery controlled with machine guns
              the dry moat against invaders. 
               
               
              We enter the fortress via this
              Maschinen-Gewehr Kasematte GrWr1.
               
               
              The defenders positioned themselves at the shelves. They mounted their machine-gun at the platform to the right on the photo above.

               
              This counterscarp gallery is connected to the fortress
              via a tunnel, running beneath the moat.
               
              We descend some 20 m. underground, 
              and we follow a tunnel southward to...
               
               
              ... Infanterieraum JR1 - Infanterie Barracks 1 (1899-1910).
               
               
              We enter at one of the dormitories of JR1...
               
               
              ... with bunk beds hanging on chains from the ceiling.
               
               
               
              In a corner of the dormitory is a modest exhibition of various
              types of rifle shields, used on the parapets of the trenches.
               
               
              Anywhere on the walls you may read (restored)
              German inscriptions, like this one:
              "Empty food bowls to be rinsed here".
               
               
              Or: "Pollution of all kinds is prohibited!".
               
               
               
              Two of the underground rooms of JR1 contain a modest exhibition.  The second room shows a 3D-model of the Feste and on the walls hang some artist impressions.
               
              The first room shows cross section models of the 150 mm. gun turrets of Fort West and Fort East.
               
               
               
              Besides these models the exhibition shows original equipment, ...
               
               
               
               
              ... like this 57 mm. artillery gun, also used on rails in the trenches.
               
               
              Also: tools and shells in an elevator of the 105 mm. guns.
               
               
              Two light armored observation cupola's, also used on rails, ...
               
               
              ... which could quickly turn around.
               
               
              We continue underground in JR 1...
               
               
              ... to the location of the telephone switch board.
               
               
               
              Next we enter a storage room.
               
               
               
               
              There is shaft to a lifting device downstairs.
               
               
              We descend to a lower floor and follow a narrow corridor to...
               
               
              ... an generated lifting device.
               
               
              In a next room we find the kitchen of JR1, ...
               
               
              ... with exception of the rust, the kettles look like
              these have been left only yesterday.
               
               
              We leave JR1 and follow a long, connecting tunnel to JR16.
               

              Infanterieraum JR16 - Infantry Barracks 16 (1913).
               
              In JR16 we arrive at the bakery.
               
               
              Being a grandson of a baker I was particularly interested in
              this 100-years old, German dough mixer, ...
               
               
              ... and the oven, originally designed for use in ships.
               
               
              We continue and approach the heart of JR16;
              "Room 58 - Appliances and spare parts"
               
               
              We enter the maintenance workshop
              of the electricity power station.
               
               
              A turning lathe.
               
               
              1918-Style tools-board.
               
               
               
              "Oil".
               
               
               
              Diesel oil containers 1 and 2 are connected
              to generators 1 and 2 in the next generator room.
              The colour code of the pipelines seems rather important.
               
               
              These 100-years old installations are extraordinarily
              and beautifully restored.
               
               
              This manometer looks like it has been manufactured yesterday.
               
              In the next room we enter the real heart of the fort; ...
               
               
              ... the power station with it's splendid control panel.
               
               
              Of course next to the water supply electricity power was vital.
               
               
               
              Next to the control panel stand 4 identical generator engines.
               
               
              Due to the steady pass of our guide, ...
               
               
              ... I can only show you number 1 and number 2.
               
               
               
               
              We are still in the "Keller Geschoss", the cellar.
               
               
              The next rooms, we will visit, come together in this corridor.
               
               
              The door of the First Aid Post or Lazarett.
               
               
              The surgery room.
               
               
               
               
              In the next room German, 1918-style "intensive care".
               
               
               
              Through this door we enter the kitchen of JR16.
               
               
               
               
              The stove.
               
               
              "Leftovers"
               
               
              Leftovers bin.
               
               
               
              Back in the corridor we find some
              interesting electricity relay stations, ...
               
               
              ... and fuse boxes.
               
               
              Room 44 is an officers bedroom.
               
               
               
               
               
               
              Routing direction:
              "To cellar floor, rooms 46-52 and J1".
               
               
              Another bare necessity of life: Latrines.
              Notice: In contrary to their French opponents, who traditionally
              had to squat above a hole in the ground, the German soldiers
              enjoyed the luxury of hygienic chamber pots with a lid.
              "After use close down the lid".
               
               
              We climb many stairs, ...
               
               
              ... and we walk through long corridors to an above ground exit.
               
               
              From now on we continue our visit outdoors.
               
               
              A reminder of our route along the top constructions: JR16, S16, S1, JR1, Batterie 1.
               
              The north exit of JR16.
               
               
               
              From JR16 we enter Schützengraben 16 (1900-1915), Trench 16.
               
              A snail house-shaped observation post.
              Rails to mount an artillery gun like the 57 mm. guns.
              An exit of the tunnel system.
              We pass this interesting Panzerbeobachtungsstand (1898), ...
               ... an armored observation post.
              The panorama view westward from the observation post.
              From the observation post we enter Schützengraben 1
              (1900-1915), Trench 1, passing one of the many tunnel exits.
              A view north-westward over Schützengraben 1.
              We go westward and we see the shellproof top construction of  ...
              ... Infanterieraum JR1.
              From JR1 we approach our last site of our visit to the complex of the Feste Kaiser Wilhelm II:
              Batterie 1 - Battery 1 (1899).
               
               
               
               
               
              Batterie 1 possesses four 105 mm. guns.
               
               
               
               
              View westward.
               
               
              At the right side of the guns: an observation cupola.
               
               
              These guns were only one time engaged in a battle:
              on 18 August 1914, firing 291 salvo's at the Bruche Valley.
               
               
              While our tour ends here, the weather changes dramatically.
               
               
              Just before the rain arrives, a last view westward...
               
               
              ... from the Feste Kaiser Wilhelm II.
               
               
              For more detailed information and glamorous photo's of sites of the F-KWII, which are not open to the public, visit the recommendable, official website of
              Feste Kaiser Wilhelm II:
              http://www.mutzig.net/ .
              Visit also the German lemma of Wikipedia: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feste_Kaiser_Wilhelm_II.
               
               Continue to the next chapter of Special Photo Impressions: "Fricourt - Archeological Excavations" . OR
               




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              op 24-11-2010 15:44
              Netjes Pierre, leuke herinneringen komen weer boven, bedankt.
              Als het goed is moet ik ook nog een foto van de toilet ruimte hebben.
              zodra ik hem vind zal ik hem sturen.
               
              bEn
              Pierre op 25-11-2010 12:43
              @ Ben. Ik heb de (piepkleine) foto's ontvangen! Bedankt voor de foto's en voor deze reactie hier, oude frontvriend.
               
              Pierre
              Akim op 26-11-2010 10:12
              Amice Pierre, Merci voor deze schitterende fotoserie.
               
              Dat alles nog zo n mooi is, prachtig dat je dit aan ons laat zien
               
              Akim
              Pierre op 26-11-2010 17:41
              @ Akim. Jij ook bedankt, oude vriend, voor deze aardige woorden van waardering!
               
              Pierre
              Wouter op 27-11-2010 16:34
              prachtige impressie Pierre, heb het met veel plezier bekeken, zeker een bezoekje waard blijkbaar! groeten Wouter
              Pierre op 27-11-2010 20:11
              @ Wouter. Bedankt, ook hier, voor jouw reactie, Wouter!
               
              Pierre
              Brett Butterworth op 01-04-2011 04:06
              One of your best articles Pierre. I have visited it many times before but think it is time to leave a message of thanks. Well done and keep up the fine work, it is certainly appreciated down here where such historically important landmarks are only able to be visited through sites such as yours, and in many many cases, only yours. 

              Your always beer and barbecuing friend in Australia,
               
              Brett
              Pierre op 01-04-2011 11:58
              @ Brett. The sole fact the someone has been visiting the same photo impression more than once, forms for me already a compliment, and that these words come from you, Brett, means even a lot more to me! Keep drinking beer and barbecuing there in Downunder, my friend. Thanks a lot for your message here!

              Pierre
              ad op 15-02-2014 00:21

              hallo,

              weet je al dat het 105 mm bergkanon en de wo1 panserwagen gestolen zijn ?

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