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  1. The infantry base Wolfsberg is a small part of the bigger fortress Kellermann, part of the "Group Fortification Lorraine". It was built in 1904 - 1906. Visited with The_Raw, extreme_ironing and Maniac. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
  2. I've been looking at getting up here and doing this since 2012, when I was living in Southend at the time. Through the madness of jumping about between counties and jobs, I never got round to it and it just sat on my list for years. When my mate started talking about it, I decided to YOLO it and just drive up there. I was really up for a chilled mooch after all the high pressure/high security stuff late last year, so this trip was most welcome. I forgot some filters and a lot of my outdoor shots had blown out sky though...oh well The battery site itself has been about for donkey's years, with the first defence workings built there in 1534 and it saw continued redevelopment and use until the end of WWII. This place is trashed. The local chav community have really enjoyed mindlessly wrecking the buildings and spraying crap on every surface. The site seems to be too big to keep secure and my guess is that they've just given up. Nice, big OP! ...With great views! The shit poetry type crap everywhere really got on my nerves though Nice old magazines. I love the little sets of stairs on the Cornwallis battery. Interesting ironwork too. Wonky GoPro shot. Time for a cup of coffee before the next mooch! Video footage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKxXA-gtjQA The time flew very quick and although we didn't get as much done as we wanted to, it was still an ace day out Big ups to Pb for coming along! Thanks for looking, SJ.
  3. 24 hours in a derp! Shout outs and thanks to Konrad and his old man on this one Yet again another explore and overnighter that's been bouncing around in conversation for a long time! Me and Konrad were determined to do another camp out on a site and end the summer with a bit of a bang. We scratched our heads for a while over different places before Darnet cropped up during a chat. Thinking about it now, I'm not quite sure how it all came to fruition, it seems like a dream, but with a bit of planning, some improvisation and Konrad's Dad kindly loaning us some equipment, a vessel and a bit of advice we were sorted! I had my doubts...I really did. I even messaged Konrad in the early hours to express my doubts and apprehension over the trip. By the time the morning came and we arrived, I felt much better and we just went for it! Setting up before setting off. I dumped all the kit and Konrad by the launch point and left my car in a dodgy looking neighbourhood hoping it wouldn't get nicked. We're about halfway there at this point, just parallel to the shore of another island. I liken the kayak to being in some sort of giant tea cup. It's heavily laden with gear and handles like a drunk pig. We later found out that it had a fair bit of water inside it too! Jelly fish are floating in the current and it's cold as owt...you don't wanna go in the drink here! We're greeted by plenty of old concrete barges on the way through and on the island. They use them to minimise erosion. Looking over at the fort from the other side of the moat. Setting up a bit and having a brew before exploring. The loopholes for the guns were made of some seriously thick iron. I'm wondering how they moved them around. Steam crane I suppose? Space in the middle of the fort with what appears to be an OP on top. The lower level has about 4ft of water in it. It's said that it was done deliberately to "prevent vandalism". We were both scratching our heads as to how flooding something would be a logical way to reduce or prevent vandalism because to us it's essentially vandalism in itself. We came to the conclusion that the land owners (Port Authority) are basically just a bunch of stupid, indifferent bellends with no appreciation for history or heritage We managed to squeeze the canoe down there anyway so up yours Port Authority goons! Time for a beer and a ruby! I'm in my boxers because I soaked my trousers and didn't take a spare pair! Oops! Oh well, at least I can say I've done a derp in my pants now too! You can also see the construction of the interior of the fort a little better here. I didn't get many internal photos, but got plenty of video so have a look nearer the bottom of the post! Walking around the island I stepped onto what I thought was a solid patch. Turns out it was super soft, stinky silt deposits of some sort and it all just swallowed my foot! Good times Sunrise the morning after. There was very little ambient light, so night shots weren't possible. I got a few shots of the power station and the lights, etc during the night, but the wind wobbled my tripod! I actually slept really well...the best I've ever slept in a derp or any stealth camp! Got a reasonable 8 hours or so! Getting back was a bit more dodgy than getting there. A stove fell into the water, but luckily floated and the rubbish bag was trying to get away. Never-the-less we made it back to shore ok without capsizing! Here's the video to go with the report: Honestly though, I never thought we'd make it here, just because of the pure faff-factor, my disliking of tidal water, lack of willing participants, etc. It was an absolute joy to get out here and cross another one off the list and also end the summer on a good note. More pics on my Flickr!
  4. UK Fort Gilkicker March 2015

    About Fort Gilkicker Fort Gilkicker is a historic Palmerston fort built at the eastern end of Stokes Bay, Gosport, Hampshire to dominate the key anchorage of Spithead. It was erected between 1863 and 1871 as a semi-circular arc with 22 casemates, to be armed with 5 12" guns, 17 10" guns and 5 9" guns. The actual installed armament rather differed from this. In 1902 the RML guns were replaced by 2 9.2" and 2 6" BL guns, and before the First World War the walls were further strengthened with substantial earthwork embankments. The Visit It was a pretty chilled visit, very quiet as its situated away from residential areas, no problems getting in or around the fort itself. i did however manage to fall down a set of concrete stairs with my camera on my tripod, in my hand, luckily we both survived with only loss of dignity. the photos aren't the best as i was trying out a new HDR software, Enjoy ^^ the stairs i fell down Thanks For Looking
  5. I have already posted the GoPro Clip a Month ago... So, here are some pictures in addition . The Fort was built at the end of the 19th century. After the 1st WW it was occupied by british soldiers. The Nazis of the NSDAP used the building as “Freiwilliges Arbeits- und militärisches Früherziehungslager” (military early education camp) for teenagers. After the 2nd WW it was used as training area by the belgian Forces.
  6. Deserted Prussian Fort IX

    Hi Guys, Here is the GoPro footage from our Exploration of the Prussian Fort "Fort IX - Lager Hitler" in Germany . Hope you'll like it. The Picset is following soon.
  7. Fort Gilkicker, Gosport – March 2015 Visited with Mookster on a last minute trip down to The South Coast on what has been the start of some beautiful days across the UK. History borrowed and doctored from Man_Gone_Wrong’s December 2014 Report on 28days. Fort Gilkicker is a Grade II* Listed Building and Scheduled Ancient Monumen. It is a unique piece of Victorian engineering and of great importance to the history of coastal defence in the United Kingdom. The “Palmerstone†Fort, was commissioned in the 19th century by the Prime Minister of the time; Lord Palmerston, as a gun battery to protect the seas around Portsmouth. At the time, Portsmouth was the most important deep sea anchorage in the British Empire, from the threat of invasion. The Fort was constructed on the site of the earlier Fort Monckton Auxiliary Battery. Construction began in 1863 and was completed by 1871. It consisted of 22 gun emplacements in a series of semi-circular granite-faced casemates designed to sweep the approaches to Portsmouth harbour with devastating gun fire. Fort Gilkicker was laid up in 1956 when Coastal Defence was abolished. In more recent times, the Fort was earmarked for restoration into luxury apartments. Here is a quote from the developers website: Some of the rooms were cleaned up and had electricity installed for a special Open Day in September 2012 so prospective buyers could view plans and marvel at the decaying Fort as their new home. Developers Chesterton Humberts seem to have since shelved this idea as the sea air remains to decay the old Fort. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 #12 #13 #14 Of course, no trip to the Sea Side was complete without Fish and Chips…. …As always guys; Thanks for Looking More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157650868008279/
  8. UK Cliffe Fort, Kent. Sept '14

    Built in the 1860s, Cliffe Fort was designed to protect the Thames from invasion. It was armed with 12.5-inch 38-ton and 11-inch 25-ton rifled muzzle-loading guns. Protection of these guns was provided by granite-faced casemates with shields for added defence. The shields, casemates and the rails on which the gun carriages stood are all still visible today. Unfortunately, the place is flooded. I hope to return with a dinghy one day. These tracks were for a Brennan guided torpedo installed in 1890. The torpedo worked by coiling huge lengths of wire around the two propellers, pulling the wires to drive it forward, and controlling individual speed to change direction. It was used for twenty years before it was replaced by quick firing guns. And a nice ship wreck outside Thanks for looking, hope you enjoyed
  9. After having checked out 4 local places and our Hotel in Disneyland, a run in with the police and a sealed monastery, I just knew it was time to go and have fun with the family and go have a look at some easy to access bits and bobs. This was my 1st time abroad and had planed on doing plenty, but as It goes when you are with the family, you just forget about time and before you know it, it is time to go home. Breendonk was something myself and my wife wanted to go and visit. It is right from the moment that you walk inside the buildings it just hits you in the face what happened there. We spent 3 hours walking around, and I would highly recommend that if you are even in the area to do the same. HISTORY Pinched from various websites. Breendonck and the fortified enclosure of Antwerp In the early 20th century, the need was felt to create a new line of fortified defence to protect the port and city of Antwerp, in addition to the “R�duit National†(national stronghold - decided in 1859, to the displeasure of the residents of Antwerp). Several proposals were put forward, by General Alexis de Brialmont among others, which eventually led to the adoption of the law on the “plan to defend Antwerp and develop the port facilities of the city†published in the Moniteur Belge on 29 April 1906. This law provided for a line of defence to surround the town, consisting of separate forts, constructed a respectable distance from the city (at least a dozen kilometres). In total, the line of defence extended over nearly 95 kilometres. The line included the forts of Stabroek, Ertbrand, Kapellen, Brasschaat, Schoten (1st sector), Gravenwezel, Oelegem, Broechem, Kessel (2nd sector), Lier, Koningshoo�kt, Sint-Katelijn-Waver, Walem (3rd sector), Breendonck, Liezele, Bornem (4th sector) and finally Steendorp and Hassdonk (5th sector). In the gaps between these forts, there were also the redoubts of Berendrecht, Smoutakker, Drijhoek (1), Audaan, Schilde, Massenhoven (2), Tallaert, Bosbeek, Dorpveld, Duffel (3), Letterheide, Puurs (4), Lauwershoek and Landmolen. The forts were of various types, according to the military jargon of the time: first and second rank forts, with composite or detached caponiers. Breendonck is a second-rank fort with composite caponiers, with the Liezele fort some 4 kilometres to the West and Walem fort 8 kilometres to the East. Between Breendonck and Liezele is the Letterheide redoubt, while a floodable area separates Breendonck and Walem. Construction only began in 1909. The excavation work alone was budgeted at 177,000 Francs. The fort was built in non-reinforced concrete. Nearly 41,000 cubic metres were needed to complete it, costing 719,385 Francs. In total, the Breendonck fort required an investment of around 2,200,000 Francs. Once the construction was finished, the moat was dug around the fort, with an average depth of 3.75 metres and an original width of nearly 50 metres. The mass of earth excavated was placed on the concrete structures in order to hide the fort from the enemy‘s view and protect it from direct hits. The height of the earth is nearly 14 metres in places. Artillery The fort is equipped with various cannons and howitzers, 33 in total: Two 150mm cupola guns, Cockerill model 1909, in central position. These cannons could fire a 39-kilo shell 8,400 metres. They were protected by a 22 centimetre steel cupola weighing nearly 55 tonnes. Two 120mm howitzers, Cockerill model 1909, capable of firing 20 kilo shells 6,400 metres. Four 75mm cupola guns, Cockerill model 1906, firing 5.5kg shells 6,000 metres. Seventeen rapid firing 57mm guns were used for close defence and flank shots. In addition to these guns and howitzers directed towards the South and therefore towards the potential enemy, 8 other weapons were situated on the flanks (in the place called the “traditore†battery) and directed towards the neighbouring forts to help them if needed. There were four 75mm guns and four 120mm guns on a 1909 model embrasure gun-carriage. These guns were capable of keeping the enemy at a distance from Antwerp, but were already outclassed at the time of their installation, by the heavy German 305mm and even 420mm guns. The Germans could easily bombard the Belgian forts while keeping out of reach of the Belgian artillery. A 15cm cupola without its guns cost 290,000 Francs at the time (as an indication, the daily wage for a worker was between 1 and 3 francs). No anti-aircraft equipment was installed. The troops Around 330 men, mainly infantry soldiers, made up the garrison of the fort in wartime (80 in peacetime). They were responsible for defending access, by taking up position on the turrets which were sheltered by the raised earth. Here were twelve barrack rooms (12 x 5.5 metres), two kitchens (soldiers and officers), a bakery, cells (3), a shower room and separate toilets for the soldiers, officers and sub-officers. The First World War In July 1914, when war broke out, the fort – unlike its neighbours – was not finished. To clear the view for the gunners, Colonel G�nie Van Weyenberghe destroyed nearly 200 houses in the town of Willebroek on 9 August 1914 (Westdijck, Palingstraat, Oude Dendermondsesteenweg, Steenweg op Tisselt). The invasion of Belgium began on 4 August 1914. Preoccupied solely with reaching Paris as quickly as possible, the German army put all its might towards the South, only blocking off Antwerp. It was only on 9 September that the German High Command ordered General von Besler to take Antwerp: the siege artillery had been released by the fall of Namur and Maubeuge. The general had 120,000 men and a lot of powerful artillery: 42cm guns, Austrian 30cm Skoda mortar guns, 30.5cm howitzers and 21cm mortar guns etc. Although the fort was built to resist the French 220mm mortar gun, it could not resist the 305mm and 420mm German guns. The bombardment of the forts began on 28 September. Breendonk was bombarded for the first time on 1 October. As a breach had been opened up by the fall of Wavre-Ste-Catherine and Lierre, Breendonk was attacked from the East. On 1, 6 and 8 October, the Breendonk fort was hit by 563 Austrian 305mm mortar gun projectiles, shells fired by artillery some 8 or 9 km beyond the range of its own artillery. On 8 October, the fort underwent very heavy bombardment. 305mm shells rained down and one of them fell down a chimney before exploding between two barrack rooms. The Fort commander, Captain Wijns, was seriously injured and died shortly afterwards. The fort was taken the following day and the surrender of Antwerp was complete. The town of Willebroek was then occupied by German troops although the bridges had been destroyed. The proud survivors commemorated the heroic defence of the town with a bronze plaque which was affixed to the left of the postern in 1926. The Second World War On 10 May 1940 at 8.30am, King L�opold III, the Commander in Chief, arrived at Breendonk. He had been preceded by the first rank of the GHQ and the General Chief of Staff. It was from here that the King delivered his national proclamation on 10 May. It was also here that he received the commanders of the Seventh French army, placed on the right, and the British forces on the left, as well as General Billotte, the commander of the Group of Northern Armies to which the Belgian army reported as of 12 May. On 16 May, General Billotte ordered the abandonment of the Antwerp-Namur line, which had become untenable since the capture of Sedan. On 16 May at midnight, the General Chief of Staff left the fort; in the afternoon of the 17th, the whole GHQ was moved to the Ghent region. The SS Camp On september 20th 1940 Sturmbannf�hrer Philip Schmitt brought his first victims to Breendonk. The Fort became officially the Auffanglager Breendonk, a transit camp; a major centre for the Sicherheitspolizei-Sicherheitsdienst (SIPO/SD), the german political police. During the first year of the Occupation, the Jews made up half the total number of prisoners. From 1942 onwards and the creation of the � vezammelkamp � (reception camp) at the Dossin barracks where the Jews were assembled before their departure towards the east and the extermination camps, most of the Jews disappeared from Breendonk, which gradually became a camp for political prisoners and members of the Resistance. On the 22nd of September 1941, a first convoy of Belgian political prisoners was transferred from Breendonk and from the citadel of Huy to the concentration camp of Neuengamme close to Hamburg. Other convoys were to follow … Prisoners stayed on average three months at the fortress before being deported towards the concentration camps in Germany, Austria or Poland. The regime set up here by the Nazis hardly differed from that of an official concentration camp. The undernourishment and the forced labour wore down the body and mind. The ever-present physical cruelty sometimes caused the death of prisoners. Initially, the camp was only guarded by a few German SS and a detachment of the Wehrmacht. In September 1941, the Wachtgruppe of the SD arrived as back up. This time, these were no longer German SS but mainly Flemings. In total, around 3500 persons, including around thirty women, were subjected to the “Hell of Breendonkâ€Â, as Franz Fischer calls it in his memoirs. Around half of these 3500 did not come back from the camps alive. Trials of War Criminals The Malines Trial The case opened in the Malines trial in the spring of 1946 were on the one hand those concerning the Belgian SS men and on other hand the ones concerning the civilians and the prisoners who have behaved badly towards their fellow prisoners. The SS men Wijss, De Saffel, Raes, Lampaert, Brusselaers, Hermans, Vermeulen, the cowherd Amelinckx, the smith Carleer, the gardener Van Praet, the former prisoners Obler eand Lewin were sentenced to death. The Antwerp Trial On single german war criminals stood trial for what had been ciommited in Breendonk: commandant Schmitt. On November 25th 1949, he was sentenced to death.
  10. A long overdue report from me, it's been a while, been having some time off exploring to do other things. However, an opportunity to go and explore this place presented itself the other day, it was too good not to go really. Fort Darnet is one of a pair of forts that were built in the 1800's on islands in the Medway estuary (the other being Hoo Fort). It was completed in 1871, but like a lot of these fortifications it never saw action and was disarmed before WW1. In WW2 it continued in use as an observation platform, and after that war it was abandoned and deliberately flooded. It was a bit of a mission to get here, we had several false starts over previous weeks trying to visit here, but eventually we made it. :-) We wanted to do both Hoo and Darnet fort, but the tide only allowed us to complete one of them so Darnet was the one we picked as it was slightly closer. You can only get to the lower parts of the fort on a boat. Sailing a little dinghy round an abandoned fort is a very surreal experience, you feel like you're discovering a lost kingdom somewhere, it was great fun! I must mention that the boat, engine and even the idea was Liams, although I've wanted to go here for a long time. Effectively I just tagged along and helped a bit with the navigation. I also must add that if you're planning to visit, FFS have a boat with an engine like we did. You will not out paddle the tidal flow in the estuary, it's very very fast and I'm not exaggerating. It's not very big really, but below are a selection of photos. Liam goes for a solo lap Nice view of Kingsnorth powerstation from the island Thanks for looking! Maniac.
  11. UK Cliff Fort 2012

    Just a few I took at Cliff a few years back. Yes Wevs, one or two has some HDR, so keep your gob shut 2011-04-23 at 15-30-50 by dualster, on Flickr 2011-04-23 at 15-06-52 - Version 2 by dualster, on Flickr 2011-04-23 at 15-21-19 - Version 2 by dualster, on Flickr 2011-04-23 at 15-17-46 - Version 2 by dualster, on Flickr 2011-04-23 at 15-41-02 - Version 2 by dualster, on Flickr 2011-04-23 at 15-49-12_HDR by dualster, on Flickr 2011-04-23 at 15-19-34_HDR by dualster, on Flickr 2011-04-23 at 13-56-55_HDR - Version 2 by dualster, on Flickr
  12. Fort Burgoyne was completed in 1890 and was one of the Palmerston Forts built to protect Dover from both sea and inland attacks from the French. It is joined to the former Connaught Barracks which was used until recently. Now there are plans underway to develop Connaught into housing. We hit many sites this day, most with limited or no success. Annoyingly, we arrived here with about an hour of sunlight remaining, and given the perilous entry/exit, we left before it was total darkness. It was hard enough getting about in daylight! Thanks for looking, hope you enjoyed
  13. UK Fort G, Hampshire Sept 13

    Gilkicker Fort. First explore of the day turned out to be a failure, but I had a back up! And what a beauty it is. I love this place. Can't wait for next time. Didn't spend long in here before alarms went off. Shame really, but I know better now. Fort Gilkicker was built between 1863 and 1869 to keep those pesky French off our shores! 27 guns protected the peninsula and nearby Fort Monkton. It was equipped with another 4 guns in WWI. Now it is falling apart, crumbling and rusting, with masses of scaffold holding parts up. The fort was bought out last year by Sir Robert McAlpine, and there are plans to turn it into housing. A bit dark :/ One last shaky picture before scarpering Thanks for looking, hope you enjoyed
  14. Was fine weather today, figured to visit it. At first I wasn't sure about going alone, considering it's more or less in the middle of Liege. Expected shady folks, but all I found were a bunch of other photographers, people walking their dogs, and a large bunch of wanna-be Jamaiquans filming a music video. The haul is so-so, it showed me I really need wider than 24mm.
  15. Was going thru my old reports on here and found the 2010 report i did but for some reason when i went back and did a day time visit and saw a hell of a lot more i seem to have not posted this here. So here it is rather late than never Fort Burgoyne was originally known as Castle Hill Fort,I have over 200 pages of info on this site explaining historical background the history of the fort and description also details of current condition etc..but im not going to bore the crap out of you so ill just Quote a small section from the history � Thank you for looking
  16. Belgium Fort La Chartreuse, Liege (Sept 2012) 2013

    Again from Belgium Sept 2012 with Scattergun This place was 1/2 day and we only managed the main part, the site is freaking huge !!! I`ve noticed I`ve never processed the externals, get on them soon http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_de_la_Chartreuse There was an amazing room that soldiers had drawn out a full 24hrs on the walls, brilliant insight into daily living for them
  17. Belgium Fort 6 Antwerp Sept 2012

    visit with Scattergun as part of our Belgium tour last year Cheers
  18. Explored with 2 non members Hubberstone Fort Scoverton Fort
  19. 2 part visit interesting place just a shame about the severe flooding,sorry about the picture quality she is a bit old Between 1889 and 1903 13 Mobilisation Centres were built as part of the London Defence Scheme. Their main function was as a store for guns, small arms ammunition, tools and other equipment required for the batteries and infantry. The North Weald Redoubt was the first of the mobilisation centres to be constructed and the only centre north of the Thames. It is situated on high ground to the south of North Weald Bassett. The fort is semicircular in shape approximately 500 feet across. In the ditch at the foot of the fort was an 8 foot high unclimbable or Dacoit steel fence. In an arc formation, were three magazines for cartridges and shells, with shafts to supply the guns above. There are four buildings situated infront of the fort,which were used as ongar radio now wrecked and falling apart hope i posted the link correct
  20. UK Cliffe Fort April 2012

    Visited with Obscurity and Storm Nice relaxed day lots of walking and a moment where we may have been told off for slipping under/between a conveyor belt..Nice little food break up top and no drams,Just a pleasant explore,and i love this place,allways looked at the pics just never got round to doing it,so when Obscurity said his plans had changed did i fancy a day out i jumped at it... Borrowed history from underground kent Built in the 1860�s, Cliffe Fort is one of the three Thames Side Forts that were designed to defend that Thames Estuary. It was also built to work in conjunction with Coalhouse Fort in Essex to prevent a hostile fleet reaching London via the Thames. Construction of the fort was difficult due to the marshy ground that the fort is built on; cracking and subsidence caused many problems for the men working on the fort. More surprisingly, this marshy ground was also home to malaria mosquitoes, which made life even more difficult for the construction work. The fort was designed solely to cater for the armament of the day and the guns that were installed on Cliffe Fort were 12.5� and 11� RML�s, weighing around 35 tons. Protection of these guns was provided by granite faced casemates with shields for added defence. These shields, casemates and the rails on which the gun carriages stood are all still visible today. In 1885, Cliffe Fort became the site for an experimental harbour defence system known as the �Brennan Torpedo�. This was the world�s first wire guided missile. Originally there were two sets of launching rails, but only one remains today. As progressive as this system was at the time, it was replaced 25 years later in favour of quick-firing (QF) guns. Cliffe Fort remained armed throughout both World Wars, but was sold after the end of the Second World War to a local cement company. As a result of this, the fort has sadly been neglected and has fallen into a fairly advanced state of decay. On with some pics ne from a few Months back
  21. UK Fort Burgoyne 28 Sept 2011

    Fort Burgoyne well where to start. Attempted this one a few months back with no luck just wandered around in the dark for a few hours trying to get down into the moat. Anyway we gave up and i decided it was time for another go. So with the assistance of my brother in law Andy( he has yet to be christianed with an explorerers alias)we set of into the darkness. Now i wont take all the credit for entry as i did have a few pointers a few months back from Wevsky and Space Invader. Cheers guys. So anyway we got into the moat after about 40 mins wandering around and then proceded to try and find are way into the fort itselfs. After a bit more searching we found what looked like our way in so off we went. Alot of climbing and heading off in one direction to find it was the wrong way we found ourselves overlooking the parade ground. Jackpot. So here we go with some pics, there not great as im still practicing and the last few are taken with flash as my camera batteries were dying. brand new duracells too lol. Well anyway here they are Thanks for looking
  22. Grain Fort - April 2011

    Grain fort is one of many forts built along the kent coast mainly during the napoleonic wars of the 1800's, but lots of them were also used as gun emplacements in WWII, and like most of them it's days as a functioning military post were over as the war ended. Grain was actually demolished and what remains was buried and sealed up years ago, but some nice people have spent a while digging into it so we thought we'd go have a look for ourselves. You can only access a tiny part of what's left, which begs the question anyone up for a dig! . Only took a few photos, a heavy night at frosty's house the night before in celebration of his birthday left me somewhat lacking creativity, but was a good explore none the less. Visted with Frosty and Muffie, cheers for the company guys. Thanks for looking! Maniac.
  23. UK Fort Burgoyne,Dover,11/11/10

    This was quite a tricky explore as we did it in the dark,return visit is required as we only explored a small part of this place,visited with wevsky & nitewalker. The history. In August 1859 a Royal Commission was instructed to look into the “present state, condition and sufficiency of the Fortifications existing for the defence of our United Kingdom.� One of the experts consulted by the Commissioners was General Sir John Burgoyne, who pointed out that any attacker who could occupy the high ground to the north of Dover Castle would dominate the Castle. He recommended that a fort be built on this high ground to protect the Castle from attack. Work started on the construction of the fort in 1861, and it was originally known as Castle Hill Fort but was soon renamed Fort Burgoyne in honour of the General. The fort was finally completed by the end of 1868 at a total cost of £88,053. The fort is polygonal with a 35 foot wide ditch around it. In the centre of the north face, hidden in the ditch, is a double caponier to give flanking fire along the ditch floor in both directions. At both the north-east and north-west corners of the fort are single caponiers, with another on the west flank to give cover to the remaining ditches. The main fort is flanked by two wing redoubts, each with its own gun emplacements, one on each side connected to the main fort by ditch works. The battery at the west wing was protected by a caponier to defend the ditch. The Dover to Deal road crosses the eastern ditch and the Dover to Guston road the western ditch. In the centre of the fort is a parade ground surrounded on three sides by bomb proof barracks protected by a covering of earth on top of which were the main gun positions. There are also two earth ramps from the parade ground up to the level of the gun emplacements for the transporting of the guns to their emplacements. The fort was initially armed with 29 guns on the ramparts of which 6 were in Haxo casemates (bomb proof vaulted gun emplacements designed by General Haxo). In the caponiers and flanking batteries there was room for 26 smaller guns, and two guns on the parade ground level protected the ditch to the east wing battery. East wing battery was equipped with five guns and west wing battery with four. The armament of the fort was updated though out the 19th century to keep abreast of developments in weaponry. By 1906 all the large guns had been removed and replaced by three machine guns in the fort and three in its wing batteries. At this time the fort became a defensible barrack and a base for mobile guns rather than a permanent defence. During the First World War brick gun emplacements were constructed and during the Second, when the fort was home to two batteries of 25 pounder field guns, concrete emplacements were added. Fort Burgoyne remains virtually unchanged today but it is not accessible to the public, being within the secure area of Connaught Barracks.
  24. Right before i put the history up id like to explain this was visited at night..cold damp windy and nasty!didnt have the advantage of being able to see other possible routes as it really wasnt an easy route in..right that said visited with uncle bulgaria and nite walker..thx to a few bits of on mission info from the lads!!right the history.. Fort Burgoyne was originally known as Castle Hill Fort,I have over 200 pages of info on this site explaining historical background the history of the fort and description also details of current condition etc..but im not going to bore the crap out of you so ill just Quote a small section from the history … Quote: Castle Hill Fort according to the Royal Commission was to be a polygonal work with a ditch 36 feet wide at the bottom, flanked by one double and three single caponiers, each of two tiers. The gorge ditch forms a re-entrant with casemated flanks for guns and musketry. Scarps and counterscarps were cut into chalk protected by a facing of concrete and flint work and well defiladed. The fort was provided with a chemin des rondes below the crest of the rampart as well as a covered way on the scarp of the ditch. Twenty-nine guns could be mounted on the ramparts of which six were to be in Haxo casemates. At the right of the gorge two guns were on the parade level covering a flank ditch connecting the East Wing Battery with the main work. Twenty-six smaller pieces were to be placed in the caponiers and flanking batteries. In the rear were the East and West Batteries for four and five guns respectively with requisite magazine accommodation. They were secured independently by ditches and connected by lines with the main work. Bomb-proof casemates were under the main ramparts of the fort providing accommodation for 7 officers and 270 men. Construction started 18 June 1861, with a contract for the building of a casemated barracks by civilian contractors at a total cost of £29,508, but the remainder of the work was finally completed by military labour..End Quote On with the pics from what we managed to see after a good fair amount of walking to find the way in! Right considering the weather the time of night and fact obvious torch light in open areas wasnt a good idea best i could do really..thank you for looking
  25. cliffe fort 11/08/2009

    As part of our trip to Middleton we decided to vistit a couple more places on our way back. I did this place early last year but didn’t have my camera with me so have been meaning to get back up and get some photos. I think this has to be one of my favorite places to explore and is great for photography. Visited with Frosty, Fortknox0, gizmo and my misses. Cliffe fort is a Royal commission fort built in the 1860’s. Situated near the village of Cliffe on the Hoo Peninsula in kent, it provided defence against the invasion of London via the thames estuary. The Fort is now derelict but can be viewed from the outside via a public footpath. It is opposite coalhouse fort in Essex. Construction proved difficult due to the marshy land and malaria-carrying mosquitoes. The fort was armed with 12.5†and 11†RML guns weighing around 35tons. In 1890 a Brennan Torpedo station was added (see last picture). Louis Brennan invented the guided torpedo which became a state of the art costa2l wepon from 1887 to 1903. An example of these torpedos can be seen today in the royal engineer’s museum at chatam. This was replaced around 1910 with quick fireing guns. The fort sits within a live gravel excavation works and is not open to the public. The future for this amazing place is unknown as it is left to sit and decay.
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