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  On the period October 1st, 2019 to October 1st, 2021


General Assembly

On October 11th, 2019 the IFC held its 29th General Assembly in Graz (Austria). Most member organisations were present or were represented. The Österreichische Gesellschaft für Festungsforschung (ÖGF) hosted the conference.

On Friday we visited the city of Graz. The Landeszeughaus and the Plans Reliefs of the city deserve a special mention. Saturday the 12th was filled with visits to various fortified towns around Graz.

Due to the COVID-pandemic there was no General Assembly in 2020. It was postponed until 2021.


Executive Board

The Executive Board of the IFC consists of:

Mrs Andreas Kupka, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Festungsforschung, Germany, President IFC

Mr Marc Gayda, Association Vauban, Vice-President IFC

Mr Kees Neisingh, Secretary-General IFC

Mr Jeroen van der Werf

Mr Evert Westerhuis, Treasurer IFC

Mr David Bassett, Fortress Study Group

The Executive Board convened in London in Febuary 2020 and on-line in Febuary 2021.


At the General Assembly in Luxembourg Jeroen van der Werf will officially take over the function of Secretary-General from Kees Neisingh.


New IFC members

The Rete della Fortificatzioni (Italy) is now a member of the IFC. They will attend the General Assembly in Luxembourg.

Via the Association Vauban (AV) contacts were made in Portugal, Poland and Greece. The AV keeps in touch with them. At this moment there is a chance that a Portuguese delegation will attend the General Assembly in Luxembourg.



Due to the COVID-pandemic the contact with the Efforts network has stagnated. These contacts need to be revived.


Wellington Barrier

The same goes for the Wellington Barrier Project.


IFC/CDSG Fortification Calendar

The assembly expressed its appreciation of the “IFC/CDSG Forttours Calendar”, and the Assembly thanked Terry McGovern for his work. The calendar is frequently renewed by Mr McGovern and is put on the website by the secretariat. Mr McGovern requests all IFC-members to send him information on activities/excursions, etc.

Due to the COVID-pandemic not many excursions and activities have taken place. Now that activities are starting again, it is important to keep Terry McGovern informed.



Jeroen van der Werf,

Secretary-General IFC



4. FINANCIAL REPORT 2017-2018,

     link /files/Treasurer.pdf


1. Aims of the International Fortress Council

The IFC, and its members aim exclusively towards encouraging the maintenance of historic forts, defensive works and military architecture, and the furtherance of knowledge and information thereof. It maintains and furthers contacts between its members, the exchange of their knowledge and experience, and information on activities of its members.

The purpose of the association can be fostered in a variety of ways, but the IFC does not aim at developing the same activities as its members, such as the organization of excursions, journeys, congresses, the edition of a magazine etc.


Membership of the IFC is open to organizations only. Full members of the IFC are active in the whole state in which they are established (or at least representing it), they are open to anyone, and they are not public authorities nor totally dependent on public authorities. Other non-voting membership is open to organizations that are public authority or are totally dependent on public authorities. Organizations and individuals can be invited as observer.

Castle of Chillion (CH)


The International Fortress Council (IFC) was founded at The Hague (the Netherlands) in 1989 by the following organizations interested in the study of fortifications: Simon Stevin VVC (Belgium; VVC stands for Vlaams Vestingbouwkundig Centrum or Flemish Fortress Centre); Deutsche Gesellschaft für Festungsforschung (DGF, Germany); Fortress Study Group (FSG, U.K.), and the initiator, the Stichting Menno van Coehoorn (The Netherlands; Stichting means Foundation).

Later similar organizations joined the IFC: Association Vauban (France); Nacionalna Udrug za Fortifikacije (NUF, Croatia), Czech Association for Military History (CAMH, Czech Republic), Frënn vun der Festungsgeschicht Lëtzebuerg (FFGL, Luxemburg), Association Saint-Maurice d’Etudes Militaires (ASMEM, Switzerland); Coast Defence Study Group (CDSG, USA). The Österreichische Gesellschaft für Festungsforschung (ÖGF, Austria) will join in 2019, as well as the Fondazzjoni Wirt Artna (Malta Heritage Trust).



See statutes.

Citadel of Juelich model

The International Fortress Council is a full volunteer organization, which means that no salaries or allowances are granted (see also the financial reports from the Treasurer).



The contacts between the members are sustained by the General Assembly of the delegates once a year, each time in another European town where a member has its seat, and via the secretariat. In 2009 the meeting was in Visegrad Castle of Prague, in 2010 at Saint-Maurice in Switzerland, and in 2011 in the Castle City of Karlovac (Croatia). In 2012 the city of Luxembourg was hosting the meeting. In 2013 the IFC convened in Utrecht (Netherlands). The 2014 meeting was in Portsmouth (UK). In 2015 it was in Antwerp (Fort V) (Belgium), in 2016 in Toulon (France) and the most recent one in Jülich (Germany) in 207. The 2018 General Assembly convened in Fort Bard in the Aosta Valley, Savoie, Italy, October 12th. The 2019 General Assembly will be on 10th October 2019 in Graz (Austria).


The quarterly calendar “Forttours”, edited in cooperation with the CDSG.

The preparation of a Multilingual Fortification Dictionary (MFD) based on a collection of drawings and pictures.

The Executive Board of the IFC

President: mr. Andreas Kupka

Vice-President: mr. Marc Gayda

Treasurer: Maj Gen. (ret.) Evert Westerhuis

Secretary-general: Jeroen van der Werf

Member: mr Dave Bassett



10.5cm turret at Artillery Work Furggels (Switzerland), visited by the IFC-members from the US and the UK, hosted by IFC-member ASMEM (see for details under tab Members).


2. European General Data Protection Regulation


The International Fortress Council (IFC), inscribed in the Chamber of Commerce in Utrecht (Netherlands) under number 30223400, is responsible for personal data as stated in this declaration.


IFC can be contacted: www.internationalfortresscouncil.org . Secretariat: Mariaplaats 51, 3511 LM Utrecht (Netherlands), tel. +31 30 2312230,

email: secretariat@internationalfortresscouncil.org.


The secretariat is responsible for collecting and keeping personal data of organisations that are member of IFC. The secretariat follows the European General Data Protection Regulation, incorporated in the Netherlands Data Protection Regulation (Algemene Verordening Gegevensbescherming).


Personal data

IFC collects data on representatives of member-organisations of IFC. The member-organisation implictly agrees when supplying these data. Collected personal data are:


- Address of the member-organisation

- Telephone of the member-organisation

- Email address of the member-organisation

- Name of representatives of the member-organisation

- Telephone of the member-organisation’s representative

- Email address of the member-organisation’representative


Sensitive personal data

IFC has no intention of collecting data on visitors of IFC’s website.


What are personal data used for?

IFC collects personal data to:

- communicate with member-organisation through their designated representative(s)


Automated decisions

IFC does not leave any decision-making to computers or by using computer programmes.


How long personal data are stored

IFC keeps personal data as long as the organisation is member of IFC and the member-organisation has appointed its representative with IFC. After termination of a person’s role as representative his personal data are immediately removed.


Sharing personal data with third parties

IFC does not share personal data with third parties, unless obliged to do so under Netherlands law.


Cookies or comparable techniques

IFC does not use cookies or comparable techniques.


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