OverviewEditFort Schmerzen was the largest fort on the Siegfried Line. The fortress was so tough that the Allies eventually bypassed it on their push into Germany. Fort Schmerzen was located near the Moselle River and was close to the French city of Metz. Like many forts along the Siegfried Line, Schmerzen had a wide array of defensive works. These included bunkers for MG-42s and 88s, mine fields, dragon's teeth, barbed wire fences and MG-42 towers. Inside Fort Schmerzen was a massive labyrinth of both living space and armament. Fort Schmerzen boosted infirmaries, galleys, officer quarters, barracks, storage space for food and munitions, radio communication and briefing rooms. Outside of Fort Schmerzen was an airstrip for a Ju-87 Stuka. Fort Schmerzen even had a rail line going through it.
What made Fort Schmerzen even more dangerous was the secret chemical weapons facility built in the forts lower levels. In 1944, the lower levels of Fort Schmerzen were rebuilt to produce Mustard Gas for the German army. The forts commander, Colonel Müller, supported this decision and personally oversaw its construction. By November 1944 the fort was in the process of making a deadlier strain of Mustard Gas. It was thought by allied intelligence that the Ju-87 Stuka would have been used by the Germans to drop Mustard Gas on the advancing Allied soldiers.
The Mustard Gas would never be used against anyone as the Allies sent agents in to destroy Fort Schmerzen. The first time was in November 1944, when Jimmy Patterson was sent in by the OSS to investigate. Patterson discovered that the forts lower levels were producing Mustard Gas; Patterson entered the lower levels and opened the gas vents releasing the deadly gas into the forts atmosphere.
Over the next few months, Colonel Müller began to rebuild the chemical weapons facility in Fort Schmerzen. In January 1945, the OSS sent in another agent, Michael Powell, to destroy the fort once and for all. To prepare himself for the attack, Powell first destroyed an array of flak guns, stole an Stg 44 from an armory, fought through a town to cut communications between Schmerzen and their forces and hijacked a P.O.W. train meant to send prisoners to the fort. Powell and a group of Army Rangers infiltrate Fort Schmerzen and planted explosives inside the chemical weapons plant. When the explosives detonated Fort Schmerzen was finally destroyed.
- In German 'Schmerzen' translates to 'pain'. This would make the English translation say Fort Pain.