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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 PFL I.
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).
- The building of the
fortress started in April 1934. At the outbreak of the war, some
finalising work was still taking place.
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).
- After the
rendition, the fortress was dismantled by the Germans and used for
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Created on 2000/01/11 by Dany Jammaer