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Unfinished rail tunnel and Italian underground fortifications near Godovič

The unfinished rail tunnel and Italian underground fortifications near Godovič are an example of rapid construction to meet military needs that never served their purpose.

Description

The unfinished rail tunnel between the main road between Godovič and Črni vrh and the Šebalk pond near Godovič is a remnant of the First World War. In order to supply the Austro-Hungarian troops on the Isonzo Front following the Sixth Battle in August 1916, when the Italian army cut off the supply route of the Transalpina railway through Bohinj, they began to build a narrow-gauge field railway, or Feldban, from Logatec westward. The section from Logatec through Kalce, Hotedrščica, and Godovič to Zadlog was already running 9 September 1916. Because the field railway had too small a capacity for the ever-growing needs at the front, they began building a full-size railway 28 km long between Logatec and Črni Vrh through Godovič, using a new bed. After breaking through the Isonzo Front in October 1917 the construction was abruptly halted, leaving in its wake a rail tunnel unfinished from the south. According to the Treaty of Rapallo the area came under the jurisdiction of the Kingdom of Italy, which fortified its northeastern border with a system of military fortifications called the Alpine Wall (It. Vallo Alpino). During the interwar period, the northern (Godovič) entrance to the tunnel was filled in, covered, and turned into an underground fortification, which is still preserved today. Now the area is afforested and the fortification is only revealed by an iron observation booth. Sharp eyes will also take in the sewer and the opening for the photophone telecommunication system that served to communicate with the other fortifications in the area. A visitor with a flashlight can enter the tunnel from the south side, look at all its building phases, and after viewing the remains of the Italian underground fortification depart through the door in the hidden section of the tunnel/fortification on the north side.

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Role

The unfinished rail tunnel and Italian underground fortifications near Godovič are the remains of a solution to supplying the Austro-Hungarian troops on the Isonzo Front during the First World War. The structures are known among the locals and technical and military heritage enthusiasts. Local importance

Potential usability

The unfinished rail tunnel and Italian underground fortifications near Godovič are not protected as cultural monuments. In addition to attracting technical and military heritage enthusiasts, with minimal rearrangement, signage, and organization, they would be suitable as an individual stop during a guided tour of sights around Idrija and its surroundings.


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