A la Découverte du FORT DE SUCY

Historical Research Activities

To deepen our knowledge of fortifications, every month we attend the "Bastion" seminars run at the chteau de Vincennes by Jean-Franois Pernot, senior lecturer / assistant professor at the Collge de France.

We are continuing our researches into the history of the fort of Sucy in three areas:
- Italian immigration linked to the construction of the Ile-de-France forts between 1874 and 1885.
- Preparations for the defence of Paris in 1914 to 1918.
- Anti-aircraft defence of Paris in 1939 to 1945.

Italian Immigrants

We know that Italian immigrants built the Fort of Sucy between 1879 and 1881.

How were they recruited in Italy and taken care of in Sucy? What happened to them after 1881?

Both questions are still without an answer.

Knowing that, on the one hand, the construction of a Fort such as that at Sucy (3.4 ha. or 8.4 acres) needed 600 to 1,000 workers, and that, on the other hand, between 1875 and 1885 in the region of Paris alone 18 forts were built, some much larger than the Fort of Sucy (for example, Villeneuve-St-Georges (11 ha. / 27 acres), and Palaiseau (13 ha. / 32 acres)), this wave of immigration had to be significant.

If you have any information on Italian immigration in this period, do not hesitate to contact us by mail

Preparation for the defence of Paris in 1914/1918

From what we know, the Fort of Sucy served from the start of the war as a logistics centre for the supply of food, munitions, and other materiel, to the gunners who were located in the Pontault-Combault and Lsigny areas of the forest of Notre-Dame. This supply was made possible by aid of a narrow-gauge (0.6m) military railway, 23km of tracks being installed in the forest. In April 1915, training school dedicated to this equipment was set up in the chteau of Grand-Val at Sucy.

If you have any documentation, photos, or other evidence of this period, do not hesitate to contact us by mail

Anti-aircraft defences of Paris in 1939/1945

Between 1935 and 1940, as were most of the military defences around Paris, the Fort was occupied by the 401st Anti-Aircraft Defence Regiment. A battery of four 105mm guns was installed in 5metres diameter sunken emplacements

If you have any documentation (letters, photos, military record, etc) dating from this period, don't hesitate to contact us by mail

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