A unique and exceptional site for contemporary military history
"Kilianstollen was situated on the German front line, tracing a path to the west of Altkirch between 1914 and 1918. It was a large-capacity underground shelter, built in the early 1916 alongside the trenches, between 3.5 m and 6 m in depth, using techniques drawn from the mining industry. Several staircases provided connections to the outside. The gallery was heated by wood stoves, supplied with electricity and probably connected to the telephone system. A double flooring system facilitated water drainage. Basic furniture was available to the soldiers who took refuge there: beds, tables, benches, chairs, cupboards and shelves." (source PAIR).
In order to preserve the memory of this website, our Kilianstollen 1918 association was founded in 2015. The association mainly memory conservation purpose of the tragedy of "Kilianstollen" occurred March 18, 1918, extended to all conflicts in the South Alsace in the 19th and 20th centuries.
The association will take all steps to achieve the objective pursued, including the organization of temporary or permanent exhibitions and events, document publishing, conference, business, services, ...