Red Sands Fort , Maunsell Sea Fort from the air
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aerial photograph of Red Sands Fort , one of the Maunsell Sea Forts built during World War II as anti aircraft defences.In the early part of the war bombers had an easy time with navigation simply following the coast and then the river thames and as soon as the glinting river was covered by some bridges it was time to release bombs annd go home for beer and sausages. To spoil this fun these fort structures were built which consisted of a searchlight tower and then 5 interconnected gun platforms. Maunsell Sea Forts take their name from their designer, Guy Maunsell (1884 Ð 1961) who also built the Nab Tower during WWI . The structure was constructed ashore and then towed to its operational site for a controlled sinking into place. Red Sands Fort still has all of its 7 towers although the walkway between them was removed some years ago. 7 forts were constructed in the south of England with three more on the Mersey Estuary to defend Liverpool. All the Mersey Forts were demolished after the war but many of the southern forts remain to this day.
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