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Report - Fort Tourgis, Alderney - Sept 2012

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by costalspook, Apr 5, 2013.

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    My first go at a report….

    Photos taken with a Canon sx210 thing, I’m not a photographer. I just a point a shoot.

    I had the luxury of staying on the island for a week at Fort Clonque with a friend. We spent all of the seven days exploring the fortification and bunkers. It was like a wet dream for me …….

    Every day was like a Sunday on the island; no one bothers you or has any problems with you exploring the abandoned fortifications and buildings.
    There’s loads of history here dating back to the Roman times. There are many Victorian Forts and batteries on the island which were constructed to defend Britain from a French invasion.

    During WW2 -1940 the Channel Islands were captured and occupied by the Nazis. This formed part of Hitler’s Atlantic Wall. The Germans poured concrete into this place like custard strengthening the old Fortification and building many new ones. The island is littered with bunkers, AA batteries, infantry nests, forts, tunnels and even a Nazi concentration camp Larger Sylt. This was one of four camps on the island. Larger Sylt is one of Britain’s well hushed secrets; Yes there was a concentration camp on British soil!

    Fort Tourgis is an extensive fortification on the island. The history of its past is vague. The fort was built by the British government in 1855. The Germans added and strengthened the fort during WW2. After the war it was used by the military up until the 1960’s and then latter became a civilian boarding school. Apparently there has been talk of it becoming a hotel but to date nothing has happened regarding this. The fort remains the property of the States of Alderney.

    All of the fortifications here are open and you can freely walk in to them. The buildings are very derelict and dangerous. There are many hazards, collapsing floors and roofs, small areas of fire damage, falling buildings, uncovered manholes and drops in to tunnels and passageways. Me and my mate were here for around six to seven hours.

    I have more photos of the fort, the interior and the German additions if any one is interested.



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    #1 costalspook, Apr 5, 2013
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