Chinese coastal batteries

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Re: Chinese coastal batteries

Post by forttravel » 04 Apr 2016 19:24

New location - Zhoushan Island, opium war relic park, so called: "archaized fort barbette".
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Re: Chinese coastal batteries

Post by YC Chen » 05 Apr 2016 06:49

The Dinghai Battery in Zhoushan, most probably a reconstruction.

Perhaps the most interesting and well-preserved of those "old" 1870s forts is the Qilu Fort(崎碌炮台) in Shantou, Guangdong Province. It has retained most of its original structure(built of stone and battered earth) and has been carefully restored. Here is one bird-eyes view from the Internet.
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Re: Chinese coastal batteries

Post by YC Chen » 05 May 2016 17:56

Some very nice photos of Qilu Fort, kindly provided by a friend. Note the wave-like stairs designed for easier movement of cannons and other heavy equipment. Was it a Chinese invention, or did this feature also appeared on coastal forts of other countries?
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Re: Chinese coastal batteries

Post by forttravel » 26 May 2016 22:25

Unknown location, but building construction from stone blocks and island shape in background (Liugongdao?) gives a supposition it is one of auxhillary forts from Weihaiwei, isn't it?
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Re: Chinese coastal batteries

Post by Statist » 02 Jun 2016 06:28

This place is East battery of Yantai (Cheefoo), right flank. Today firing position is absent, but lower level is exist.

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Re: Chinese coastal batteries

Post by Statist » 03 Jun 2016 04:51

This picture shows how the lower casemate looks.
East 120 Krupp 4.jpg
Drawing of the a stone wall is the same as at the old photos
East 120 Krupp 2 old.jpg
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Re: Chinese coastal batteries

Post by forttravel » 05 Jun 2016 17:14

I don't think so, because on background it's Liugongdao island visible. In Yantai there is no island on east side from East battery. But some architectural elements like a shape of bricks and it's work pattern could be similar, both locations it is a design of Hanneken.

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Re: Chinese coastal batteries

Post by Statist » 06 Jun 2016 03:46

In the east side from East battery is not an island. There is a peninsula in 1500 m from East battery.
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There are two pictures. They show the view of the peninsula. The first is my own picture from shore of East battery, the second from https://ssl.panoramio.com/photo/97366000
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Re: Chinese coastal batteries

Post by forttravel » 06 Jun 2016 13:23

Thanks Statist! I didn't realise it is so wide view from emplacement to right direction to see peninsula.

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Re: Chinese coastal batteries

Post by YC Chen » 06 Jun 2016 18:04

Wonderful work Statist! Such a detailed identification work is impressive.

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Re: Chinese coastal batteries

Post by forttravel » 09 Jun 2016 13:29

A plan of East Battery via YC Chen collection.
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Re: Chinese coastal batteries

Post by Statist » 10 Jun 2016 05:22

forttravel , YC Chen thank you! This is a very interesting plan, it consists a fortification of two periods. The first period is Chinese fortification of 19 century, the second period is a Japanese fortification of II World War. The number 13 is casemate of 120 mm Krupp gun. I think number 10 is the casemate of another 120 mm gun on the left flank.
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This pictures below shows a big caserne (number 03) and a main gun emplacements (numbers 04, 05, 07)
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Re: Chinese coastal batteries

Post by forttravel » 07 Jul 2016 12:59

We can see Yantai East battery the some right flank secondary 12 cm gun on lower picture and West battery main 15 cm gun on upper picture.
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Re: Chinese coastal batteries

Post by forttravel » 07 Jul 2016 13:14

Second piece of West battery main gun (see Japanese flag on both pictures).
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Re: Chinese coastal batteries

Post by Statist » 11 Jul 2016 10:58

I believe the big guns to belonging East battery, this is 210 mm Krupp guns. In the West battery upper curb stones and niches for shells look different. The coastline is removed from the West battery at a much greater distance than the East battery.
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The gun position is situated in the West battery
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The niche for shells is situated in the West battery
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