Battlefield of Taku Forts (1860, 2nd Opium War)

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Battlefield of Taku Forts (1860, 2nd Opium War)

Postby Curmo » 22 May 2014 22:29

The main Southern Fort is in the centre of the map. Left to Right Hai, Zhen and Wei bastions (all still in existence albeit in varying states of repair). A modern suspension bridge is now located just above the line of five ships. On the Northern shore the site of the bottom fort (taken by force on 21st Aug 1860) is an industrial area. The site of the top fort is a Retail park clustered around a McDonalds restaurant.
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Re: Map of Taku Forts (1860)

Postby roconn » 21 Jun 2014 03:13

Thanks for a most interesting map -- it sure lays out how difficult it must have been to attack
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Re: Map of Taku Forts (1860)

Postby Curmo » 27 Jun 2014 21:55

Thanks Roconn. I was out there last month doing a documentary for CCTV and used this map to orientate myself. As I said in my original post the paddy fields and canals have now been replaced by modern buildings and busy highways. If you are interested I can signpost you to some photos of the area as it is now and a couple of short videos ... Let me know.
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The Taku Forts now - what's left?

Postby Curmo » 05 Dec 2014 00:08

I've posted pictures of the three remaining Taku Forts on my blog (The Wei, The Zhen and The Hai). http://www.walkingthebattlefields.com/2 ... forts.html
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Re: The Taku Forts now - what's left?

Postby mac » 09 Jun 2015 18:57

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Have a look at the Rifle (Berkshire and Wiltshire) Museum Website at www.thewardrobe.org.uk ......RESEARCH/COLLECTION then in KEYWORD search on TAKU and you will pick up four images taken by a Wiltshire Regiment officer in 1929. (36661 &2&3&4). See how it comperes.

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