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Defence Line, Tagliamento River, Pordenone, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

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Location Category ID: 5145
Added to Database: 3 February 2011
Last Edited: 3 February 2011
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Official Website:
Other Links: Ferrea Mole
Vecio Forum 1
Vecio Forum 2
Vecio Forum 3
World War Associazione Culturale
German Defences in Italy in WWII
Wikipedia – Alpine Brigade Julia
Wikipedia – Tagliamento River
Latitude, Longitude: 45.95114969 , 12.9006958
Location Accuracy: 2
Tanks Previously Here: 1: Carro Armato M15/42 Tank - Caserma A.L. Paglieri, Codroipo, Udine, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy (Possible source)
2: Carro Armato M15/42 Tank - Museo Storico della Motorizzazione Militare, Cecchignola, Roma, Lazio, Italy (Recovery 2009)
3: Carro Centro Radio M15/42 Command Tank - Caserma G. Durli, Palmanova, Udine, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy (Possible source)

For most of the Twentieth Century the entire eastern part of the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region was studded with static emplacements for defence against a possible invasion from Eastern Europe. These defences were begun before the First World War and gradually increased until the 1970s. They extended from the eastern borders with Austria and Slovenia westward to the Tagliamento River and were garrisoned after the Second World War by the Alpini Brigade Julia, specialising in mountain combat. In a number of cases the defences consisted of a tank, with its engine removed, emplaced inside a concrete structure as a form of pillbox or local strongpoint. The types of tank used were primarily the US M26 Pershing, but also the US M4 Sherman and the Italian M15/42. After the end of the Cold War most of these emplacements were dismantled, and some of the tanks have since been put on display elsewhere. However, a few remain in situ. (Source: Ferrea Mole).

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March 2007

Tagliamento River seen from the bridge at Pisano, photo by Milax
1: Tagliamento River seen from the bridge at Pisano, photo ...

Taken: 4 March 2007
Contributor: Wikimedia
Location Photo ID: 406
Added: 3 February 2011
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