Monte Chaberton, Forte Chaberton, Nevache

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Mont Chaberton is a 3131m peak in the French Alps in the group known as the Massif des Cerces in the département of Hautes-Alpes.
Chaberton is in the municipality of Montgenèvre in the Briançonnais region. It is easily recognisable by its pyramidal shape and flat top.
Until 1947 Mont Chaberton was in Italy, located in the municipality of Cesana Torinese.
In 1883 Italy joined the Triple Alliance and started strengthening its defences against France. Between 1898 and 1910 Italian troops built an artillery battery on the summit that pointed towards France, in particular at the town of Briançon, and the pass to Italy over the Col de Montgenèvre. A road was built to the summit from the village of Fénils in the Susa Valley by soldiers and engineers led by Major Engineer Luigi Pollari Maglietta. They flattened the summit by about 6 metres to provide a surface for the eight towers. Their height of 12 metres was designed to overcome the highest snowfall recorded.
Each emplacement was manned by seven men, who were protected by a relatively lightly armoured dome because the battery was thought to be out of reach of conventional artillery. Eight 149mm guns were mounted in the individual masonry towers. The fort was dubbed the "Fort of the Clouds" because it was often hidden in the clouds.
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  • Awesome place.. to much cold weather ☁️❄️❄️
  • Those pictures were taken the 18th of October 2020, so you will need some gadgets to help you reach the top, since there is some snow and in some parts of the track, it will be slippery. And you can see the view by yourself to judge how much beautiful it was!!

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