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Old 09 December 2006, 18:47   #11
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War of the worlds was the first thought that came to my mind and there I trawled down tofind Codders beat me to it...

Please excuse my ignorance but what are the forts for. I assume Concrete in make and perhaps observation /defence posts in WW2?????

Kindly help us outover here, cos the only forts and castles over here are all compliments of British Engineering.....
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Old 09 December 2006, 19:53   #12
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They were featured in TV documentary not long ago . They showed a rib taking people out there who used to work on them .
One I remember was a DJ who used to work there when one was a base for a Pirate radio station .

Was that Mikes rib in the Tv program . ?
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Where are they? Doing another round britain next year and would love to stop by them for a view?
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wartime forts

I expect someone will be along with better history than me ,
but they were wartime defenses wether they had guns or were just lookouts etc Iam not certain .
I believe the Army were stationed on them

Surely must have had guns on them
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that disqualifies me - but probably permits Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maunsell_Sea_Forts
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Great I love WW2 history , that search light tower must have been the scariest one to be one , there must have been some atacks on it , obviously unsucessful
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Hi All,
Pictures seem to be generating quite a bit of interest, The Forts are about about 60 miles E of London, or 7 miles N of Whitstable and about 10 miles ESE of Southend in the Thames Estuary . Approx 51 28 N, 01 00 E.

There were around 250 men posted there for several months at a time, unable to leave and nowhere to go. -bit like a giant version of Big Brother, not my idea of fun.

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thames Forts

built circa sept/1943.,
reason the germans were mining the thames and the authorities had no idea where the mines were originating from, remember these are not the tv floaty type but devious ones which were magnetic and lay on th sea bed until vessel overhead then bang etc.

built in 3 locations redsands and shivering sands were left post war but the others were dismantled.
water depth at redsands only 12/15 metres or so and th same on shivering sands.
They were built off site individually and towed down between two barges before being hand wiched to the sea bed. (the accuray is awe inspiring (i have some in line shots and will try to find)).
there were 1x control tower (mess and organisation),1x searchlight tower,4x 3.5 inch gun towers and1x bofors gun tower. (based on a land artillery set up.
Their job was to spot and plot enemy activities and to shoot down anything they could.
never directly attacked.
steel structures with sectional reinforced legs onto a steel support structure.

post war they were occupied until late 50s then literally abandoned, left every thing including service records ,generators etc onboard.
Army forts so army staff, but there were naval forts elewhere inthe thames.
the crew was 165 men and officers and by the war end it was 265.

theres loads more to them thats a potted history.
sorry about grammar and layout/spelling.

I would add they are so amazing to see its worth a run out but try and get them all in!! (anyone fancy a meeting in summer 2007?).
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that disqualifies me - but probably permits Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maunsell_Sea_Forts
Thank you for that snippet Polwart. I see they used Bofor probably for anti aircraft which may explain why there were a few of them with small guns rather than one or two with larger guns.

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I would add they are so amazing to see its worth a run out but try and get them all in!! (anyone fancy a meeting in summer 2007?). [/quote]

That sounds like it could be fun, used to go to Seasalter 30 years ago (as a little boy )
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