The first fort we visited was l'Ouvrage de Fermont. This is a gros ouvrage, an artillery fort.
Built between 1931 and 1935, it comprises of seven combat blocks and two entrances. From the entrances there are stairs and lifts going down 30 metres to the internal transit level.
|Diagram of the fort (copied from the Fort Guide)|
|The ammunition entrance (Museum postcard)|
|Goods elevator, note the railway track.|
|Narrow guage railway (copied from the Fort Guide)|
|Artillery shell modular delivery frame|
|Ceiling mounted carrying system for delivery frames|
Fighting Bloc 4 - 75mm cannons and ammunition racks
|Bloc 4 (Postcard from Museum shop)|
|Ditch for defence and to catch any concrete that flakes off the bloc when under enemy fire|
|17 June 1940, a German 88mm shell pierced the concrete wall|
External, on top of Bloc 1. This bloc has a retractable turret with 2 X 75 mm cannon, a grenade launcher and a machine gun cloche.
|Machine gun cloche|
|Armoured air intake|
Walking back to Bloc 4 I noticed this machine gun mount on the Bloc 4, for local defence in the direction Bloc 1.
|Returning to the coach, I spotted this goods carriage for the internal railway|
Driving away from Fermont our guide said we could photograph another Bloc, unfortunately I do not remember which Bloc it was.
Finally, a copy of a postcard sold in the fort's museum shop. This card shows the vignettes of internal life in the fort.