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Towers Of Strength (Paperback)

Military P&S History > Reference

By W H Clements
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9780850526844
Published: 20th August 2021



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For two centuries Martello Towers have stood sentry along the shores of England and former British possessions worldwide. In excess of 200 of these formidable towers were built at a staggering cost principally to counter the Napoleonic threat; some as far afield as Australia, the West Indies and the Mediterranean.This lavishly illustrated book, authoritative yet wholly readable, is recommended to both the visitor (43 Martellos remain in the UK) and armchair reader.

In common with the “Britain's Coast at War” I reviewed last month, I chose to review this book due to the local interest to me. The thing I had not appreciated was just how wide spread the usage of Martello Towers was around the globe. This book gives a good insight into not only where the towers were built but also their design and the rational as to why there. The author covers the politic/military drivers for sightings as well as the practical considerations. Having lived on the South Coast most of my life, I have regularly seen some of the remaining towers but now a much better appreciation of them.

Western Front Association - Hampshire & Isle of Wight Branch

This work is a valuable historical record and a ‘must have’ addition to the bookshelf of any afficanado of military fortifications.

Martin Willoughby, Chairman of the Wessex Branch of the Western Front Association
 W H Clements

About W H Clements

William Clements served in the Royal Ulster Rifles and the Royal Irish Rangers, commanding the 1st Battalion. He was Defence and Military Attache at the British embassies in Beijing and Rangoon.

He has long had a fascination for fortifications and is the author of Towers of Strength, Defending the North; the Fortifications of Ulster 1795-1945, Martello Towers Worldwide (in print with Pen and Sword) and Billy Pitt Had Them Built, Napoleonic Towers in Ireland.

He has contributed articles to the journals of the Fortress Study group, the Military History Society of Ireland and the Society for Army Historical Research. In 2011 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

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