Tuesday, May 21, 2013

War of the World War II Sea Forts

The Maunsell forts are located in the estuary of the Thames river and were used during World War II to repel German forces en route to London. Assembled in response to the London Blitz, they jointly shot down 22 enemy aircraft and 30 VI flying bombs.
































About six miles off the coast of England, Five of the structures circle a control center while the seventh, set further out, was used as the searchlight tower. They were all once interconnected by steel platforms. After the war they were used by pirate radio stations through the mid-1960's and a large broadcasting mast still remains.

I came across these forts while scouring the internet a few days ago and I just thought they were pretty cool. They are currently in the news due to Project Redsand (the charity dedicated to maintaining the structures) seeking financial support to make repairs and continue safeguarding of the landmarks.

AND DON'T THEY LOOK JUST LIKE THE WAR OF THE WORLDS THINGYS?





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