Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Montmedy Fortress

My holiday in France has moved on to fertile pastures in Lorraine.  This morning I discovered the fortress of Montmedy only 13 km from our digs on my way to the Maginot line. 

It is on a lump of rock in a valley contolling a main route from Luxemburg into Lorraine. 

It's big seige was in 1657 when Louis XIV took it from the Hapsburgs.  The French attacked with about 12,000 men v. a garrison of 736.  It cost them 4,000 casualties. 

Subsequently Vauban repaired & strengthened it into what has survived remarkably intact today.


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