Switzerland 2019 - Bunkers

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Switzerland. Canton Aargau. Fort Reuenthal is a 20th-century Swiss fortification located near the Swiss border with Germany. Built between 1937 and 1939, the fort overlooks the Rhine  and was intended to prevent a crossing of the Rhine at the hydroelectric plant at Dogern. It was a component of the Swiss Border Line of defenses. It was armed with two artillery blocks for 75mm guns and two machine gun blocks. Deactivated as a military post in 1988, it is operated as a museum. A painting by an unknown artist is hanged is the mess hall. It depicts a group of soldiers in an artillery casemate quick firing 75 mm semi-automatic gun mounted on a radius segment. The gun is served by a six man crew, i.e. chief, layer, loader, and three ammunition carriers. Shelles are HE with instant or delayed fuse. A well trained crew could fire fifteen to twenty rounds per minute. 5.02.2019 © 2019 Didier Ruef