Esseillon Barrier - Fort Marie-Christine

Inspired by both Montalembert and the later engineer Carnot, this fort's design is a multi-story polygonal structure surrounded by an exterior line with two small forts serving as bastions.  The fort's garrison was 150 men.

Fort Marie-Christine Model

View From North

Entrance on Eastern Side

Western Side Facing Cliffs

Northern Side

Note small bastions


View From Entrance

With all the snow in the Alps, the men were grateful for rooves.  In a siege, however, the roof could be removed and mortars installed.

Copyright 2015, John Hamill

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