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A permanent artillery battery built in 1910 by the Italian Army, Batteria dello Chaberton, is on a mountain which is 3,131 m (10,272 ft) high. After World War II, it came into the French territory. Between 1898 and 1910 Italian troops built this artillery battery on the summit that pointed towards France. The fort was dubbed the "Fort of the Clouds" and mounted eight 149mm guns in individual masonry turrets, which were often hidden in the clouds. You can still see the Shell craters that are visible from the air on the slopes to the west of the mountain. Put Batteria dello Chaberton into our Montgenevre tour itinerary builder website to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Montgenevre.
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Allow a good 6 hrs to do this from Claviere. 14km with about 1400m of ascent. The trail is toughest in the middle third, between the Roucher Rouge ski lift and the col - steep, rocky and loose in... more »
I always wanted to climb Mont Chaberton since hearing lots of stories about the fort as a child. Last summer, no longer a spring chicken, having established that my wife a teenage kids had no desire.... more »
Take the time to read the road signs at the fort because they tell you a bit about the history of the fort. The main street has lots of quirky (and artisanal) shops. Great views from the top... more »
Nice place to visit The hike goes harder at the end but it's worthy You could camp there yet you have to bring your own wood if you need a campfire, nothing left up there The sunset is amazing!
Really great views over the Alps and Ecrins. Ascent is bit more difficult when snow blocks the more gradual military route. Snow can also block the acces to the buildings. But the views alone are worth the hike.
A wonderful place where the mountain meet history
The Chaberton Battery, also known as Chaberton Fort, is a fortification erected by the Royal Army in the upper Susa Valley between 1898 and 1910, with subsequent further interventions. The Battery is located on the top of Mount Chaberton, at 3130 M A.S.L., which after the Second World War was annexed to France. In His first incarnation, the fort consisted of open-air masonry structures, arranged on the summit of the mountain. This had been levelled and lowered by about 6 m to allow the construction of the works; On the Italian side was created a rocky step about 12 m high, at the base were built the works in masonry. The fort developed in length along this step; Two long corridors gave access to several rooms, which served as dorms, warehouses, infirmary, command, kitchens. On The Roof stood eight masonry towers covered with concrete blocks, high just over 7 m and with a wheelbase of 6 m between them; On the top of the towers were arranged the cannons. The top of each tower was reached by an internal metal spiral staircase. The Main ammunition depot was instead in a cave work underneath the masonry works. The armament of each tower consisted of a cannon of 149/35 a., housed in an armored revolving turret. The turret had a shape similar to those of the turrets used in the naval installations, with a light armor (5 cm at most in the front, 2.5 cm on the roof, 1.5 cm in the rear parts), supplied by the firm Armstrong and known with the specific name of Armstrong Mountain. The Armour Plating was designed to protect the mints (7 for each cannon) from the splinters, and not from direct blows, since at the time of design there was no curved rifle capable of reaching the turrets. During the interventions of the ' 30s, the service facilities were brought into the cavern. The Initial plan was to bring the weapons to the cavern, but this was never done, for lack of both funds and political will.
Artificially levelled Peak to host a now abandoned military fortification and the batteries of cannons, of which remain only the ruins. Exceptional View of the surrounding valleys!
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