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Coordinates: 43°45′21″N 7°28′51″E / 43.75583°N 7.48083°E / 43.75583; 7.48083

Ouvrage Cap Martin
Part of Maginot Line, Alpine Line
Southeast France
Concrete, steel
In use Abandoned
Controlled by France
Battles/wars Battle of France
Ouvrage Cap Martin
Type of work: Large artillery work (Grand ouvrage)
Fortified Sector of the Maritime Alps
Number of blocks: 3

Ouvrage Cap Martin was a work (gros ouvrage) of the Maginot Line's Alpine extension, the Alpine Line, also called the Little Maginot Line. The ouvrage consisted of two artillery blocks and one combination block facing Italy. The ouvrage was at the southernmost end of the Alpine Line and overlooked the Mediterranean Sea coastline between Nice and Menton, facing towards Italy.



On 21 June 1940 Italian artillery bombarded the ouvrage with 149mm and 210mm shells, as troops attempted to push into France. On 24 June two armored trains, one with 120mm guns and another with 152mm guns, fired on Cap Martin in support of Italian troops advancing through Menton. The Italians occupied the surface of the fortification until they fired upon by other French artillery and were forced to retreat [1].


  • Allcorn, William. The Maginot Line 1928-45. Oxford: Osprey Publishing, 2003. ISBN 1-84176-646-1
  • Kauffmann, J.E. and Kaufmann, H.W. Fortress France: The Maginot Line and French Defenses in World War II, 2006. ISBN 0-275-98345-5


  1. ^ Kauffmann, p. 179-180

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