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Germersheim Fortress was built between 1834 and 1861 as part of the fortification system in west Germany to protect against a potential attack by the French army. The characteristic feature of the fortress is the well-preserved Beckers Front with the ravelin, both fortified gates and the Lamothe ravelin..
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History of Germersheim Fortress
After Germersheim became French in 1792, the French built new fortifications, which were reinforced in 1814 after being captured by Bavaria. One year later, the German Confederation recognized the importance of Germersheim as a strategic hub. Germersheim was important because it was the first intermediate military center for a potential French attack to the south. Against this background, as early as 1818, survey work was started, during which a plan was drawn up for the construction of the fortress. The construction of the fortress began on June 30, 1834 and was fully completed in 1861.
The polygonal fortress consisted of a defensive wall 3200 meters long, which was divided into six fronts located clockwise from the northwest: Karl, Reuss, Diez, Lamotte, Schmaus and Beckers. The strongest fronts were the Beckers front in the southwest and the Schmaus front in the south, of 490 meters long each.
The soldiers stationed in the fortress were housed in four barracks, three of which served as defensive barracks. The strongest and largest defensive barracks were Seyssel Barracks, which in an emergency should have been the last obstacle to the advance of enemies on the southwestern front.
The fortress was closed as obsolete in 1913.
Info is based on the article Festung Germersheim of German Wikipedia.
|Tourist Audience||Cultural heritage tourism|
|German original name||Festung Germersheim|
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|Germersheim Arsenal||Discover Germersheim Arsenal|
|Carnot Wall||Discover Carnot Wall|
|Provision Depot||Discover Provision Depot|
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|Weissenburg Gate||Discover Weissenburg Gate|
|Lamotte Ravelin||Discover Lamotte Ravelin|
|Seyssel Defensive Barracks||Discover Seyssel Defensive Barracks|
|An Fronte Beckers Lunette||Discover An Fronte Beckers Lunette|
|Beckers Counterscarp||Discover Beckers Counterscarp|
|Beckers Ravelin||Discover Beckers Ravelin|
|Glacisstrasse Counterscarp||Discover Glacisstrasse Counterscarp|
|Stengel Defensive Barracks||Discover Stengel Defensive Barracks|
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