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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.

Fort Louvois (Charles Blackwood)

Fort Louvois, known locally as Fort Du Chapus, is a coastal artillery fort built by Vauban in 1691-94 to defend the southern approach to Rochefort. It was designed to operate in conjunction with the guns of the Château d'Oléron to the north west thus closing the channel. The main armament of the fort was held in a horseshoe shaped battery with a tower at the rear which is isolated by a moat from the rest of the fort.


Fort Charlotte, Lucea, Jamacia (David Page)

Fort Charlotte is an C18th small coastal artillery fort guarding the entrance to Lucea anchorage and abandoned long ago. It is within a derelict former public works depot, adjacent to the Lucea Hospital and Lucea's main school - which uses the former barrack blocks (so not accessible). Three old cannon remain, twenty-four pounders; which give an idea of its role. Only one is mounted properly on a platform, which was once capable of rotating. The embrasures for the many more cannon remain, although on the landward side it is overgrown, almost hiding it. The entrance is very narrow, now with a wooden gate and has a small redoubt to one side to cover the approach better. Just outside is the stoutly built ammunition store.


RMLs at York Redoubt, Halifax, Nova Scotia (Alastair Fyfe)

Unmounted Victorian era gun barrels displayed at York Redoubt including four 7", two 9" and three 10" rifled muzzle loaders, a number of smooth bore cannon and an unusual rifled breech loader at the right hand end of the line.


38.1cm Vickers-Armstrong Gun, La Mola (Alistair Graham-Kerr)

One of eighteen 38.1cm (15") Vickers guns bought by Spain between 1929 and 1935, this example is one of a pair installed at Fortalesa Isabel II on Menorca. The guns were originally intended for the Brazilian battleship, Riachuelo, which was cancelled in 1914. Some were kept in active service until as recently as 2008 complete with modern fire control equipment.


Fortalesa Isabel II, Minorca (Alistair Graham-Kerr)

The Fortalesa Isabel II covers much of the peninsula on La Mola on the Eastern point of Menorca. The area was fortified by Spain during the latter half of the 19th century against the threat of invasion by Britain, with additional coastal artillery batteries added later.


Vara Battery (Charles Blackwood)

Battery Vara (later known as Fort Movik) near Kristiansand, Norway, was constructed between 1941 and 1944 during the German occupation. It was built to house a main armament of four guns, three in turrets and one in a casemate, but only three were actually mounted. Two of these were scrapped when the battery was decommissioned in the 1960s. The one remaining gun is a 380mm naval piece with a range of 42km. This is a smaller calibre version of the 40.6cm 'Adolf Gun', four of which remain at Harstad further north. Fort Movik now houses the Kristiansand Cannon Museum.