American Civil War Fortifications (1) by Angus Konstam

By Angus Konstam

The 50 years prior to the yankee Civil warfare observed a growth within the development of coastal forts within the country. those stone and brick forts stretched from New England to the Florida Keys, and so far as the Mississippi River. in the beginning of the conflict a few have been situated within the secessionist states, and plenty of fell into accomplice fingers. even though a handful of key websites remained in Union arms through the battle, the remaining needed to be received again via bombardment or attack. This e-book examines the layout, building and operational heritage of these fortifications, comparable to citadel Sumter, citadel Morgan and castle Pulaski, which performed a vital half throughout the Civil battle.

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S. for instance, relied heavily on overseas bomber bases and access to intelligence facilities in relation to satellites). S. , but we shall never know. 2 The Mongols and the Mings Naval basing during an earlier age of sail Before the advent of the serial European long-cycle hegemonic basing systems (beginning with Portugal in the sixteenth century), at least two Asia-centered empires featured some basing access related to naval power, perhaps often unremarked upon because of the Eurocentric nature of most Western international relations theory.

69 He even refers loosely to a longitudinal “geopolitical community foundation,” whereby despite the wars between the Portuguese and Dutch, the Portuguese and English, the Dutch and the British, and the British and the Americans (Genoa and Venice are left out here), there are also historical security linkages, primarily among the British, Dutch and Americans. S. maritime empires. , there are no links between the Chinese and Venetian networks, and none either between Venice and Portugal. Nonetheless, some obvious longitudinal linkages may be cited, on two related levels.

Before World War I, Britain and Germany had underwater cable systems going to their colonies that required terminals in these overseas possessions, perhaps the first of the C3I (command, control, communications and intelligence) technical facilities. By the interwar period, all of the major powers had external air bases – in the cases of the major colonial powers, mirroring the locations of major naval bases. Britain even had an extensive network of mooring masts for long-range dirigibles. The 1930s saw the extensive proliferation of requirements for communications facilities (also, for communications intercepts) and the beginnings of external access for radar stations.

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