France Ambleteuse Fortres (exterior)

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Gert Lucas

About this spot
During the British occupation, in the 16th century, a citadel was built here by order of Henry VIII.
It was located on the high right bank of the Slack River.
Unfortunately, there are only few traces of this, as the village center is now implanted in that place.
This citadel later formed the basis for a harbor, which was built by order of Louis XIV.
At the mouth of the Slack, where this harbor was located, piers had to be built.
To protect the harbor, Vauban was commissioned to build a fort, Fort Mahon.

The shape of this sea fort is a semicircle and dominates the seawall of Ambleteuze.
This allowed the main armament to cover the sea and harbor entrance with six cannons and to attack the harbor itself with two other cannons, in case of emergency.

During World War II, parts of the Atlantic Wall were integrated into the fort.
An observation post was built at the top of the fort.
In the lower gallery, on the sea side, a casemate for the construction of a tank tower, flanked by two Tobruks.

Behind the fort, in the Slack estuary, several Manschafts bunkers can be found, as well as a PAK garage with a double Tobruk pit. There are also two remains of beach barriers.

At low tide, the remains of the former piers can still be seen on the beach.
With a bit of luck you can also observe the freely flushed plinths of the beach barriers from the Second World War.

A visit to the Fort is only possible on Sunday afternoon.

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