Multilingual Fortification Dictionary

The Multilingual Fortification Dictionary (MFD) contains a illustrated list of fortifications and their translations in multiple languages (Croatian, Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish).


For a definition of the World War II Atlantikwall, see: /files/Atlantikwall_definition_of_a_phenomenon.pdf

The IFC is considering to add new languages and new time periods, eventually including the ‘concrete’ and ‘reinforced concrete century’. IFC and EFFORTS will cooperate. See letter: /files/20181029_Efforts-IFC_MFD.pdf


You are invited to use the dictionary and to send comments etc. to the Secretariat, that will forward the comments to the Multilingual Fortification Dictionary Working Group. For a list of members of the Multilingual Fortification Dictionary Working Group see under the tab Contact.


Members of the Multilingual Fortification Dictionary Working Group can login here


A: Formes élémentaires de la fortification

B: Annexes, superstructures, avancées

C: Systèmes bastionnés

D: Ouvrages avancés dans le système bastionné

E: Ouvrages détachés

F: Noms, profils, lignes et angles de construction des systèmes bastionnés

G: Directions de tir

H: Emplacements de tir

J: Barricades et défenses accessoires

K: Constructions hydrauliques

L: Abris, abris en béton armé, casemates

M: Travaux et instruments de siège