The Gros Ouvrage of Soetrich is located 8km to the North of the centre of Thionville, Entrances are 1.3km NE of the village of Soetrich The combat blocks are in an angle formed by the N33 and D57 roads. The Ouvrage has the standard entrances. The access to the main gallery is by a lift in the Munitions entrance and by staircase and lift in the men's entrance. The Fort has 6 blocks - 4 artillery and 2 infantry blocks . Commanded by Commandant Henger, with a compliment of 605 men and 20 officers.
This fort is totally abandoned and open, even so the fort is still well worth a visit as lots of features still remain . The entrance blocks of the fort were covered over by the army in 1997. This has not stopped people visiting the fort. We found a totally open lift shaft, with a 30m drop, in the men's entrance when we visited the fort. Be Careful!
Update Jan 2006 - The fort has been re-covered over with earth and is now completely sealed
|A Layout plan of the Fort from the book "Il était une fois La Ligne Maginot" By Jean Bernard Wahl.||The Main Magazine in remarkably good condition||The bottom of the lift shafts of the Munitions entrance||The lift motor room adjacent to the lift shafts|
|Looking into the fort from the bottom of the lifts||The main blast door just past the M1 magazine||Looking into the fort from the bottom of the lifts||One of the airlocks in the passage from one of the blocks to the main gallery|
|Block 5 and its 75mm turrret||Block 5 and its 75mm turrret at the lower level||Block 5 and its 75mm turrret showing the counter weight||The entrance to the Usine|
|The generator room complete with generators||The generator room complete with generators||The generator room complete with generators||The generator room complete with generators|
|One of the smaller lifts up to the fighting blocks||The telephone exchange with its junction box still on the wall||One of the smaller lifts up to the fighting blocks||The M2 magazine at the bottom of one of the blocks|
|The overhead mono rail system for moving ammunition||The Kitchen with its cooker still in place||The men's entrance to the Gros Ouvrage of Soetrich||This is the drop you would come across if you stumbled into the fort without a light|
|The covered over munitions entrance to the fort, still accessible over the top of the earth bank.|
Copyright - Dan McKenzie 2007