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Delostrelecky srub / Artillery Fort "Na svahu", Kraliky, CZ
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Dáin & Olík
N 50° 05.683 E 016° 46.171
33U E 626563 N 5550661
Quick Description: Delestrelecky srub K-Bg-S 11 "Na svahu" je soucati komplexu Hurka nad Kraliky. / Artillery fort K-Bg-S 11 "Na svahu" is a part of defense complex Hurka over Kraliky town. By underground corridors fort is connected with other forts of Hurky complex.
Location: Pardubický kraj, Czechia
Date Posted: 12/8/2010 5:07:11 AM
Waymark Code: WMA9FW
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member briansnat
Views: 82

Long Description:
Asi netreba se sireji v cestine rozepisovat o ceskoslovenskem valecnem opevneni. Pro info vyuzijte wikipedii: (visit link)

The Czechoslovak government built a system of border fortifications from 1935 to 1938 as defensive countermeasure against the rising threat of Nazi Germany that later materialized in the German offensive plan called Fall Grün. The objective of the fortifications was to prevent the taking of key areas by an enemy (not only Germany, but also Hungary) by means of a sudden attack before the mobilization of Czechoslovak army could be completed, and to enable effective defense until the allies (France and possibly the Soviet Union) would help.

With the rise of Hitler and his demands for unification of German minorities and return of other claimed territories, the alarmed leaders began defensive plans. While some basic defensive structures were built early on, it was not until after conferences with French military on their designs that a full scale effort began.

A change in the design philosophy was noticeable in the "pillboxes" and larger Blockhouses similar to the French Maginot line when massive construction program began. Construction was very rapid, and by the time of the Munich Agreement in September 1938 about 20% of the heavy objects and 70% of the light objects were completed, however most of the remainder were near completion and would have been functional despite missing certain heavy armaments in some. The total planned (and nearly all mostly completed) was 10,014 light pillboxes and 264 heavy bunkhouses (small forts).

The original plan was to have the first stage of construction finished in 1941-42, whilst the full system should have been completed by early 1950s.

After occupying the border regions (the Sudetenland), the Germans used these objects to test, develop new weapons and tactics, plan, and practice attacks eventually used against the Maginot Line and Belgium's forts (most notable is Fort Eben-Emael) resulting in astounding success. Arguably the Germans would have never succeeded in the west were it not for the analysis of this system. After the fall of Belgium, France and the low countries, the Germans began to dismantle the Beneš Wall, blowing up the cupolas, or removing them and the cannon/MG embrasures, some of which were eventually installed in the Atlantic Wall against the Allies.

The year the "Fort" was constructed or started.: 1938

Name of "Country" or "Nation" that constructed this "Fort": Czechoslovakia

Was this "Fort" involved in any armed conflicts?: No it wasn't

What was the primary purpose of this "Historic Fort"?: Used for defence of a border or land claim.

Current condition: opened for public:

This site is administered by ----: SPOLEČNOST PŘÁTEL ČS. OPEVNĚNÍ, o.p.s., Luční 199, 666 03 HRADČANY U TIŠNOVA

If admission is charged -: 50.00 (listed in local currency)

Open to the public?: Restricted hours -Admission charged

Official or advertised web-page: [Web Link]

Link to web-site that best describes this "Historic Fort": [Web Link]

Link if this "Fort" is registered on your Countries/ State "Registry of Historical Sites or Buildi: Not listed

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