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Report - East Tilbury Battery - May 2012

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by PeZ, May 25, 2012.

  1. PeZ

    PeZ 28DL Full Member
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    Hot weather, barbed wire, Nipple-high nettles and Thorns the size of my pinky will sum this place up, but once you've wrestled with nature we where gladly rewarded, with mint Graffitti-free Walls, original signs and wood which has not been pulled down or burnt.

    The boring part

    East Tilbury battery was built to supplement Coalhouse Fort as part of the Thames' coastal defence system. It was constructed between 1889-1892 for long-range fire weapons. Its form rejected the stark outline of its predecessors, instead being blended into the landscape by means of a long and sloping earthern frontal area so that from a distance it was invisible. This was known as the 'Twydall Profile'. The guns at the battery, two 10-inch Mk. III and four 6-inch Mk. VII breech-loading guns, extended the tactical doctrine of invisibility, being mounted on 'disappearing carriages' which lay flat in deep emplacements for reloading and aiming but which were raised above the parapet for the few seconds of firing. Although the guns were removed when the battery was decommissioned in 1907, the remainder of the fortification is well-preserved

    Picys! :D












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