Or even misconstrued.
Time for bed I think!
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From: "John Wood" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, February 22, 2005 8:57 PM
Subject: Re: Tilbury Fort
> Not Fortication, but fortification just incase things are misconstued.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "John Wood" <[log in to unmask]>
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> Sent: Tuesday, February 22, 2005 8:53 PM
> Subject: Re: Tilbury Fort
>>>>Gareth Talbot wrote:
>> ......how high the earthern ramparts surrounding Tilbuty Fort
>> are from the exterior looking up please?
>> Looking up?
>> As I said before this is an artillery fort and its defence is all about
>> depth' not height.
>> Looking from the 'exterior' one does not so much 'look up' as one would
>> looking with a castle but 'look across'!
>> The height of the bastions are quite irrelevant as the whole purpose of
>> defence system is to keep the enemy gunfire at bay from the central focus
>> the defences.
>> The lower the trace of the fortification the better so as to give the
>> attacker the least ability to target anything.
>> To perhaps reach what Gareth is possibly trying to get at it is not the
>> height observed by the attacker, to the 'exterior', that is important but
>> the height observed by the defender 'within' the 'interior' where of
>> Fort looking at the rear of the ramparts.
>> The rear of the ramparts being the revetments of brick and masonry
>> up the earthwork and gun platforms.
>> Here however if we are going to continue along Gareth's original question
>> have also to consider whether the interior of Tilbury Fort is sunk below
>> natural height of the surrounding landscape which was often done to lower
>> the trace even further. If Tilbury has a sunken interior the height of
>> ramparts looking from the interior will be much greater than that as
>> from the exterior.
>> The whole concept then would be a matter of relativity.
>> Then the question one would pose, to Mr Talbot, is what is the reasoning
>> the question posed?
>> John Wood, Master of Fortication of Lowlandshire