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Gros Ouvrage Soetrich

Soetrich is a relatively small 'Gros Ouvrage' at just 625 metres long. Soetrich's notable armaments are; three 47mm Anti-tank guns, a grenade launcher, two 81mm mortars, two 75mm guns and one 135mm gun. Soetrich came under German attack in June 1940, but this had little effect. As with most of the large Maginot Line forts, they were repaired and upgraded for the Cold War task of halting a Warsaw Pact invasion of France. In the 1960's, Rochonvillers, Molvange and Soetrich were converted for use as hardened command centres by NATO. The fort fell into disuse when France left NATO in 1966.