May 18 and 19

European Bunkerday France

The European Bunkerday in France will take place on May 18 and 19, coordinated by the Fabrique de patrimoines en Normandie.

June 1st

European Bunker Day Jersey

As part of European Bunker Day on 01 June 2019 the Jersey and Guernsey will being opening various bunkers around the islands of Jersey and Guernsey.

see more: /files/20181128_Atlantikwall_Europe_Information.pdf

-   Efforts and the International Fortress Council -> 


-   Colloquium Wellington Barrier ->

      See under Tab Activities first impression 

      Read: The Southern Frontier, Masterpiece or historical miscalculation (by Joop Westhoff)








       Now set on Thursday 10th October 2019, Graz (Austria)


-    Swedish language added to Multilingual Fortification Dictionary.



For centuries, the European landscape has been scarred by war and defence lines. Today this fortification heritage is a chance for connection and local and regional development across ancient or present borders. Defence lines have per definition been constructed at European borders. In today’s Europe, European partners seek cooperation in the mutual cultural and economic development of towns, cities and regions.

This workshop is being organized on how European partners see their future fortification and defence line in a Europe perspective.  The results of the workshop will be communicated to all EFFORTS members.

Olst-Wijhe (Netherlands), 16 May 2019




At the 28th General Assembly of the International Fortress Council (IFC), welcomed on October 12th, 2018 in Forte di Bard (Aosta, Italy) a great number of fortress-organisations from Italy presented themselves. The IFC is open for an Italian representation and hopes that at next year’s assembly there will be a delegation from Italy.


Austria and Malta

At the 2019 General Assembly, to be held on October 10th, 2019 (Graz), the Österreichische Gesellschaft für Festungsforschung (OeGF) (Austrian Society for Fortification Research) and the Fondazzjoni Wirt Artna  (Malta Heritage Trust) will be welcomed as new members.






Dott.ssa Maria Cristina Ronc, Direttore Associazione Forte di Bard and Andrea Kupka, President of the International Fortress Council during the meeting with Italian fortress-organisations














General Assembly in Forte di Bard







Greece and Poland



Greek and Polish fortification experts were present and may lead to membership of IFC for those countries.




Visit to the Forte di Bard, Opera Ferdinando















Andreas Kupka, President of IFC






Els Scheltema-Vriesendorp passed away August 19th, 2018. She was well known as Secretary of the Stichting Menno van Coehoorn and as the spouse of Carlos Scheltema, the long-time Secretary-General of the IFC. Els was present at most of the IFC's General Assemblies over the years and played a great rol in IFC.





The General assembly of the International Fortress Council accepted the Austrian Society for Fortification Research, the Österreichische Gesellschaft für Festungsforschung, as its newest member-organisation.

The Austrian Society for Fortification Research (OeGF) intends to create a coherent scientific documentation about the construction of fortifications in the Habsburg monarchy. Additionally conservation and utilisation projects in this area are supported on a professional level.