TO FORT BATTICE
- Fort Battice, built for World War II, was a
military stronghold to protect Belgium from a likely German invasion.
It was one of the forts of PFL I (Position Fortifiée Liège I = fortified positions around Liège). It is
built on the extreme eastern part of the 330m high Herve-plateau, at 17
km from the German border. Battice was the foremost advanced base of
- The central massif of the fort has the shape of
a pentagon, protected on four sides by an anti-tank moat; there was no
moat at the side facing railway No. 38. The
central part had a surface of 13.5 ha (about 33 acres), while the total
surface of the entire fortress was approximately 47 ha (116 acres).
building of the fortress started in April 1934. At the outbreak of the
war, some finalising work was still taking place.
- Fort Battice disposed of
a garrison of 750 men. After the surrender of May 22 (1940) the
surviving crew were transported to Germany, where they spent five years
in captivity (many never came back).
the rendition, the fortress was dismantled by the Germans and used for
Created on 2000/01/11