Chinese coastal batteries

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Chinese coastal batteries

Post by YC Chen » 30 Oct 2014 12:34

Hello all,

Would like to start a thread on coastal batteries of China since late 19th century. Any information is welcome, especially contemporary maps/photos or photos of the remains of these batteries.

I'll start from my city - Nanjing. Battery of Qingliang Hill, photos taken by myself:
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Post by YC Chen » 30 Oct 2014 12:43

RML built in Kiangnan Arsenal in Shanghai, 1882. Once placed on Taku Forts, now at the military museum in Beijing. Photos taken by myself.
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Post by YC Chen » 30 Oct 2014 12:51

This well-preserved Krupp 12cm is from a battery in Guangxi Province, and now in the Military Museum in Beijing. Photo taken by myself.

That is also a large Krupp barrel in the museum, perhaps 24cm or 28cm.
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Post by YC Chen » 30 Oct 2014 13:02

Fortress guns in Liugong Island, Weihai, Shandong Province. The remains of an Armstrong disappearing gun(the Krupp guns there are all replicas). Photos taken by myself.
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Post by YC Chen » 30 Oct 2014 13:13

Two broken RMLs at West Battery, Yingkou, Liaoning Province. One of them also has Kiangnan Arsenal mark on it. Photos from http://www.cnhi.org/b
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Post by kstdk » 30 Oct 2014 13:15

Hello

Nice Photos, and interesting to see these Chinese emplacements and weapons.

Thanks for sharing, and I hope that you and others will continue this topic :thumbsup:

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Re: Chinese coastal batteries

Post by YC Chen » 31 Oct 2014 10:54

Thanks for your kind remarks. I hope more people can attribute - not necessarily about these forts, but also information about the guns themselves(their original designation, etc). It seems that the information on these 19th century coastal guns are not easy to find. :?

Here are some photos of 800 pdr Armstrong RML in Woosung Forts from 1920s and 30s. Little remains of these batteries today.Photos from expired auctions on Ebay and some Chinese auction sites.
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Re: Chinese coastal batteries

Post by forttravel » 02 Nov 2014 22:42

Hi YC Chen, this is my own panorama picture with both emplacements of 28 cm L/40 Krupp guns on fort Hulishan in Xiamen.
Please consider to keep it here or to replace to Amoy fort's old topic.
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Re: Chinese coastal batteries

Post by YC Chen » 03 Nov 2014 06:42

Hello,

Wonderful picture! I'll just keep it here.

Chinese coastal defence is a quite obscure but interesting subject, I hope more people can contribute.

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Re: Chinese coastal batteries

Post by forttravel » 03 Nov 2014 16:56

One more nice picture from Xiamen area. This time an aerial view of fort Yuziwei (picture from internet).
Many other coast fortifications you can see on old pictures here: http://60.250.180.26/theme/index-23.html (Weihai, Yantai, Taku, Qingdao aod others).
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Post by forttravel » 08 Nov 2014 22:54

This is very interesting view - old XIX century emplacement rearmed with very popular sowjet B-13 130 mm coast and naval gun. I suppose it is area of Lushunkou (Port Artur)?
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Post by forttravel » 08 Nov 2014 22:59

One more view (location for me unknown), picture from chinesse internet webpage, small calibre Krupp gun.
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Post by forttravel » 08 Nov 2014 23:07

And next one interesting picture. location unknown again, guns looks like sowjet MU-2 152 mm guns with full armed turrets.
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Re: Chinese coastal batteries

Post by YC Chen » 09 Nov 2014 14:24

forttravel wrote:One more view (location for me unknown), picture from chinesse internet webpage, small calibre Krupp gun.
Krupp 12cm on Jinji Hill battery(金鸡山炮台) in Shipu, Guangxi Province. It is the same type as the Military Museum gun I posted.

A great number of 19th century batteries and fortress guns survive in Guangxi Province, this is a relatively remote part of the country.

Here is an interesting thread on a Chinese forum on Krupp guns in Guangxi: http://www.cnhi.org/b/viewthread.php?tid=68
This thread also says the Krupp 28cm in Weihai is a replica, but I can't verify this claim(perhaps it has some original parts?)

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Re: Chinese coastal batteries

Post by YC Chen » 09 Nov 2014 14:37

forttravel wrote:And next one interesting picture. location unknown again, guns looks like sowjet MU-2 152 mm guns with full armed turrets.
This photo and the B-13 photo above are of Russian batteries in Lueshun(旅顺, Port Arthur), Liaoning Province. This fortress was returned to China by Russia only in 1954.

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