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Meanwhile at 10,000 feet

By Neil Anderson
Mont Chaberton

Meanwhile at 10,000 feet

Unfortunately I (Neil A) missed the opening of the ‘Postkarte’ exhibition as I was on holiday in France. However, as a reminder of the heroic endeavors that were undertaken around the time of the First World War, last week I came across this at 10,000 feet… In the border town of Montgenevre between France and Italy, is Mont Chaberton (10,272 feet). Just before WW1, Italian troops built an artillery battery on the the summit which pointed towards France (town of Briancon). The top of the mountain was initially blasted flat by about six metres for the building of eight huge cylindrical towers which had 149mm guns mounted on top. An amazing feat of engineering in a pretty unusual location?

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