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Home Page Photos

Members are invited to send any interesting fortification photos they have taken to for use on the home page gallery.  The top banner image is of Fort Ronce on the French-Italian border and was taken by FSG member Mike Brock.

All images below are links to higher resolution copies.


British pillbox at Hok Tsui, Hong Kong (Bill Clements)

A beach defence pillbox based on a FW3 standard design but with a small searchlight position on top, built shortly before Japan entered the war. 


Sandsfoot Castle, Portland Harbour (Keith Philips)

 Sandsfoot is a Henrician Fort completed in around 1539 to protect Portland Harbour. The half octagonal main battery of the fort collapsed into the sea many years ago due to coastal erosion leaving only the two story main block of the fort behind. Much of the ashlar stone facing has been removed over the years revealing the inner rubble masonry. Although in poor condition in 2008, the fort has since been restored by Friends of the Rodwell Trail and Weymouth and Portland Council.


Horse Sand and No Man's Forts, Solent (Simon Barrass)

 The three main Victorian sea forts in the Solent (Horse Sand, No Man's, Spitbank) have been bought by Clarenco and have been undergoing restoration over the last few years. Spitbank and Horse Sand will be used as venues for corporate events and other exclusive use hire events. No Man's Fort is due to be restored and opened to visitors as a museum.


North Sutor Battery, Cromarty (Alastar Fyfe)

A 6-inch Second World War Battery with remaining original camouflage paint and stones set into the concrete apron to reduce visibility of the otherwise flat concrete surface.


Fahrpanzer at Mutzig Fort, Alsace (Charles Blackwood)

The Fahrpanzer was a small enclosed 5.3cm gun turret enclosing a crew of two and an ammunition supply. It was mounted on rails and could remain protected inside a fort then pushed out into position when required. Mutzig Fort, dating from 1893, was built on formerly French territory taken by Germany during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71. It is an early example of the Feste, or fortified area, in which the infantry and artillery units of the fort are dispersed over a wide area but interlinked by and underground tunnel system. 


Belfort, (Charles Blackwood)

 The fortifications of Belfort were reworked by Vauban from 1687 using his second system incuding tower bastions, a large hornwork to the north of the city and a smaller hornwork to the east. The fortifications withstood seiges in 1813, 1815 and 1870 (during the Franco- Prussian War).