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Fortifications Collection

Background imageFortifications Collection: WW1 - Trench map from a soldiers war diary showing the Somme Battlefield with

WW1 - Trench map from a soldiers war diary showing the Somme Battlefield with information gleaned from captured German Prisoners

Background imageFortifications Collection: Lucca, Italy

Lucca, Italy
A bird s-eye view town of Lucca in Tuscany showing the fortified walls and street plan

Background imageFortifications Collection: Youghal Clock Gate

Youghal Clock Gate
The famous Youghal Clock Gate, in the seaport of Youghal, County Cork, Ireland, was built in 1777 on the site of Trinity Castle, part of the towns fortifications. Date: 18th century

Background imageFortifications Collection: First English Civil War: Siege of Lathom House, 1644

First English Civil War: Siege of Lathom House, 1644
Royalist stronghold Lathom House in Lancashire defies Parlimentarian pressure and raises the royal standard. The ensuing siege lasted three months, but was eventually lifted

Background imageFortifications Collection: Malcesine, Lake Garda, Italy

Malcesine, Lake Garda, Italy
On a little headland of the Veronese side of Lake Garda, Italy, on the slopes of Mount Baldo, Malcesine was built around a fortress which belonged to the Veronese Della Scalas. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageFortifications Collection: Sinop - Turkey

Sinop - Turkey
Sinop is a city Ince Burun (Cape Ince), by its Cape Sinop (Sinop Burnu, Boztepe Cape, Boztepe Burnu) which is situated on the most northern edge of the Turkish side of Black Sea coast

Background imageFortifications Collection: France / Strasbourg 1590

France / Strasbourg 1590
A view of the ancient walled city of Strasbourg and surrounding countryside as it looked at the end of the 16th century

Background imageFortifications Collection: Martello Tower, Corsica

Martello Tower, Corsica Date: 1809

Background imageFortifications Collection: Ankara - Turkey

Ankara - Turkey
Ankara. The capital city and administrative centre of Turkey, located in Central Anatolia. Established before 1200BC by the Hittites

Background imageFortifications Collection: Siege of Paris - Aerial

Siege of Paris - Aerial
THE SIEGE OF PARIS An aerial view from the south, showing the French defences surrounding the city, including several outlying forts

Background imageFortifications Collection: Mont St Michel / Card 1

Mont St Michel / Card 1
A general view showing the fortifications

Background imageFortifications Collection: Roman legionaries in armour building fortifications

Roman legionaries in armour building fortifications. One cuts wood with an axe, other bring lime in baskets, stones and timbers. From Trajans Column. Fortificazioni

Background imageFortifications Collection: Aigues-mortes, France - Medieval ramparts

Aigues-mortes, France - Medieval ramparts Date: circa 1850s

Background imageFortifications Collection: Bermuda Ireland Island

Bermuda Ireland Island
Ireland Island fortifications and dockyards in Bermuda, showing transported convicts arriving to serve their penance

Background imageFortifications Collection: The Ramparts and the Harbour - Tangier, Morocco

The Ramparts and the Harbour - Tangier, Morocco
The Ramparts and the Harbour - Tangier, a Moroccan port on the Strait of Gibraltar. Date: 1903

Background imageFortifications Collection: Malta - Valletta - Custom House

Malta - Valletta - Custom House Date: circa 1910s

Background imageFortifications Collection: Dubrovnik, Croatia - The Main Entrance Gate

Dubrovnik, Croatia - The Main Entrance Gate
Dubrovnik, Croatia - The Old Walled Town - The Main Entrance Gate to the City. Date: circa 1930s

Background imageFortifications Collection: Fortified medieval castle at Sedan, Ardennes, France

Fortified medieval castle at Sedan, Ardennes, France
The Fortifications of the fortified medieval castle at Sedan, Ardennes, France - claimed to be the largest in Europe. Date: 1915

Background imageFortifications Collection: Tower Of Calais

Tower Of Calais
An etching of the Tour du Guet, a watchtower in Calais, northern France, dating from 1214, when Philip I, Count of Boulogne built fortifications in the town

Background imageFortifications Collection: Weaponry, Middle Ages. Bombard. Engraving by Serra

Weaponry, Middle Ages. Bombard. Engraving by Serra
Bombard. Cannon used throughout the Middle Ages an the Early Modern Period. Engraving by Serra. Museo Militar, 1883. Later colouration. Date: 2019

Background imageFortifications Collection: HMS Swiftsure - Swiftsure-class pre-dreadnought battleship

HMS Swiftsure - Swiftsure-class pre-dreadnought battleship
Royal Navy - HMS Swiftsure, the lead ship of the Swiftsure-class pre-dreadnought battleship, moored up. Originally known as Constitucion, ordered by the Chilean Navy

Background imageFortifications Collection: Tombs of the Mamluks (Mamelukes) in Cairo, Egypt

Tombs of the Mamluks (Mamelukes) in Cairo, Egypt
Tombs of the Mamluks in the City of the Dead with the Saladin Citadel of Cairo in the background (top right), Egypt. Date: 20th century

Background imageFortifications Collection: The Defenders of Rorke's Drift at daybreak, 23rd January 187

The Defenders of Rorke's Drift at daybreak, 23rd January 187
Dead Zulus piled up against sandbanks and fortifications, British officers with rifles and bayonets standing above them, perpetrating the myth that Rorke's Drift was an important victory

Background imageFortifications Collection: Berwick-upon-Tweed Castle, close to the England / Scotland border. Date: 1790

Berwick-upon-Tweed Castle, close to the England / Scotland border. Date: 1790

Background imageFortifications Collection: Chanakkale - Gallipoli Peninsula, Dardanelles, Turkey - The Fort Date: circa 1920s

Chanakkale - Gallipoli Peninsula, Dardanelles, Turkey - The Fort Date: circa 1920s

Background imageFortifications Collection: The Aldobrandini Wedding fresco

The Aldobrandini Wedding fresco. The wedding of Peleus and Thetis, parents of Achilles. Other guests include Roman matron in veil, Charis or Peitho with alabastron, Venus, Hymen seated on the floor

Background imageFortifications Collection: Roman soldiers with spoils of war on the Arch for Titus

Roman soldiers with spoils of war on the Arch for Titus
Roman soldiers march in procession with spoils of war or spolia on the Arch for Titus, the arch of triumph celebrating Emperor Tituss victory over Jerusalem

Background imageFortifications Collection: Ypres Ramparts CWGC Cemetery seen across the moat

Ypres Ramparts CWGC Cemetery seen across the moat
The earliest settlement in this area is thought to have been near Langemarck in about AD960 and gradually a cluster of villages grew up around the Yperlee

Background imageFortifications Collection: The royal game of fortifications, table billiards

The royal game of fortifications, table billiards
The royal game of fortifications, 18th century. Louis XIVs three sons use cue sticks to hit balls through a fortress and onto a fortified structure

Background imageFortifications Collection: Fortifications at Cap-Haitien by Insurgents

Fortifications at Cap-Haitien by Insurgents
Fortifications at the port city of Cap-Haitien, by the occupying insurgents for defence of the town. Several men guard the cannons set up at the top of the wall

Background imageFortifications Collection: The Russian officer whose army captured the Turkish fortifications of Erzerum, in Armenia

The Russian officer whose army captured the Turkish fortifications of Erzerum, in Armenia. Illustration taken from a photograph of General Doubaskys collection. Date: 1916

Background imageFortifications Collection: The Tower of David - Jerusalem, Israel Date: circa 1910s

The Tower of David - Jerusalem, Israel Date: circa 1910s

Background imageFortifications Collection: LILLE - DEFENDED TOWN

LILLE - DEFENDED TOWN
The Town and fortress of Lille. Date: Early 19th century

Background imageFortifications Collection: SEBASTOPOL BATTLE PLAN

SEBASTOPOL BATTLE PLAN
Battle plan showing the fortifications : the Mamelon, and the Malakoff beyond it, are the key defences the Allies have to overcome before they can take the city itself Date: 1854 - 1855

Background imageFortifications Collection: Martello Tower 1876

Martello Tower 1876
MARTELLO TOWER The tower at Hastings destroyed by a gale. Date: 1876

Background imageFortifications Collection: La Mola at the entrance to Mahon Harbour, Menorca, Spain

La Mola at the entrance to Mahon Harbour, Menorca, Spain
La Mola, a disused military fortification at the entrance to Mahon Harbour, Menorca, Spain. The Loop Holed Gallery - approx 400 metres long Date: 2010

Background imageFortifications Collection: Prison yard of the derelict military prison at La Mola

Prison yard of the derelict military prison at La Mola
The prison yard of the derelict military prison at La Mola, a fortified peninsula on Menorca, Spain Date: 1989

Background imageFortifications Collection: Casemates and Moorish Castle - Gibraltar

Casemates and Moorish Castle - Gibraltar. Date: circa 1908

Background imageFortifications Collection: Hamburg, Germany - Baumwall

Hamburg, Germany - Baumwall. The Baumwall was part of the old Hamburg city fortifications built between 1616 and 1625. It separated in the water at the Alster estuary

Background imageFortifications Collection: Maginot Line fortifications by G. H. Davis

Maginot Line fortifications by G. H. Davis
With Asparagus anti-tank defences: Maginot Line fortifications at the start of the Second World War. A typical frontier work, with galleries within a hillside, leading to pill boxes

Background imageFortifications Collection: San Felipe Fortress, Cartagena, Colombia, Central America

San Felipe Fortress, Cartagena, Colombia, Central America
Entrance to a vault in San Felipe Fortress (Castillo San Felipe de Barajas), Cartagena, Colombia, Central America. Date: 1930s

Background imageFortifications Collection: Uzbekistan - Tashkent - Building Riverside Fortifications

Uzbekistan - Tashkent - Building Riverside Fortifications - Chirchiq River. Date: circa 1908

Background imageFortifications Collection: After WW1 - The battlefield at Fort Vaux in Verdun, France

After WW1 - The battlefield at Fort Vaux in Verdun, France
A post-war view of the heavily damaged fortifications, wire fences and bunkers at Fort Vaux on the Verdun Battlefield, France. Date: 1920

Background imageFortifications Collection: Xizhi Men (Hsi Chih Men) Gate - Beijing, China

Xizhi Men (Hsi Chih Men) Gate - Beijing, China
Xizhi Men (Hsi Chih Men) - the small side tower over the barbican gate of the outer fortifications, and the adjoining shops. - Beijing, China Date: circa 1901

Background imageFortifications Collection: View of the Fort de Boussois, northern France, WW1

View of the Fort de Boussois, northern France, WW1
View of the Fort de Boussois, also known as the Fort de Kilmaine, on the Maginot Line in northern France during the First World War. It was built in the 1880s

Background imageFortifications Collection: Mosque at Rosetta, and Fort Julien, Egypt

Mosque at Rosetta, and Fort Julien, Egypt
The upper image shows an Egyptian mosque in Rosetta, Egypt. The lower image shows Fort Julien from the sea, with an Egyptian boat. 1803

Background imageFortifications Collection: Gallipoli fortress WWI

Gallipoli fortress WWI
The Sedd el Bahr forterss at the entry to the Dardanelles during World War I

Background imageFortifications Collection: Khyber Pass - Afghanistan / Pakistan - Jamrud Fort

Khyber Pass - Afghanistan / Pakistan - Jamrud Fort
The Khyber Pass - the mountain pass that links Pakistan and Afghanistan. Throughout history it has been an important trade route between Central Asia and South Asia and a strategic military location



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