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"From Ancient Fortresses to Modern Battlegrounds: A Journey through Defences" Jaffna, Sri Lanka, 1671: Witness the impenetrable walls of Jaffna's ancient fortress

Background imageDefences Collection: Jaffna, Sri Lanka, 1671

Jaffna, Sri Lanka, 1671
The Dutch fort at Jaffna at the northern extremity of the island. The solid defences indicate that the Europeans expect to be attacked at any moment

Background imageDefences Collection: Natal Native Contingent (NCC) armed with assegais

Natal Native Contingent (NCC) armed with assegais
Photograph of members of the Natal Native Contingent (NCC) armed with assegais (short spears) and shields, 1879 (c). The NNC was formed in 1878 to bolster the defences of the British colony of Natal

Background imageDefences Collection: Winston Churchil visiting gun sites, England, 1944

Winston Churchil visiting gun sites, England, 1944
Winston Churchill visiting anti flying bomb defences in June 1944. Seen here at a gun battery in southern England. The caption on the back of the photograph reads, " The Prime Minister today

Background imageDefences Collection: Singapore, bastion in the East, by G. H. Davis

Singapore, bastion in the East, by G. H. Davis
Britains great bastion in the East: Singapore, stubborn obstacle to Japans ambitious projects in Southern Asia during the Second World War

Background imageDefences Collection: Restaurant de la Reserve, Nice, France

Restaurant de la Reserve, Nice, France. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageDefences Collection: First English Civil War: Siege of Lathom House, 1644

First English Civil War: Siege of Lathom House, 1644
Royalist stronghold Lathom House in Lancashire defies Parlimentarian pressure and raises the royal standard. The ensuing siege lasted three months, but was eventually lifted

Background imageDefences Collection: RAF Bombers over Berlin; Second World War, 1943

RAF Bombers over Berlin; Second World War, 1943
Illustration showing Royal Air Force bombers heading towards their target of Berlin during the Spring of 1943. This drawing shows several types of German anti-aircraft defences which were new to

Background imageDefences Collection: Ischia, Italy - Castello Aragonese

Ischia, Italy - Castello Aragonese, the Castle of Alfonso I of Aragon Date: circa 1905

Background imageDefences Collection: American Troops landing on D-Day; Second World War, 1944

American Troops landing on D-Day; Second World War, 1944
Photograph showing American troops storming one of the Normandy beaches on D-Day, 6 June 1944. This image shows the first tanks charging through the water to the shore

Background imageDefences Collection: HAWKER HURRICANE 1

HAWKER HURRICANE 1
Though lacking the glamour of the Spitfire, the plainer Hurricane is more widely used, downing more German aircraft than the rest of the defences combined

Background imageDefences Collection: The Town and Castle of Deal, Kent, 1640 (engraving)

The Town and Castle of Deal, Kent, 1640 (engraving)
XJF104361 The Town and Castle of Deal, Kent, 1640 (engraving) by Hollar, Wenceslaus (1607-77); Private Collection; Czech, out of copyright

Background imageDefences Collection: Winston Churchill Visiting Coastal Defences near Dover

Winston Churchill Visiting Coastal Defences near Dover

Background imageDefences Collection: Hunstanton beach, Norfolk - 2

Hunstanton beach, Norfolk - 2
A woman walks her two dogs on the deserted beach at Hunstanton, Norfolk Date: 1990

Background imageDefences Collection: Durham Castle from Wear

Durham Castle from Wear
Durham Castle (now part of Durham Univerity) with the fantastic Norman Cathedral in the background. Framwellgate Bridge is in the foreground Date: 1950s

Background imageDefences Collection: Batticaloa, Sri Lanka

Batticaloa, Sri Lanka
The Dutch fort at Batticaloa, on the east coast of the island. The solid defences are evidence that the Europeans expect to be attacked at any moment

Background imageDefences Collection: American soldiers from Company E, 358th Infantry, 90th Division

American soldiers from Company E, 358th Infantry, 90th Division, move through the concrete Dragons Teeth of Siegfried line near Habscheid, Germany, as they move up to the front. 12th February 1945

Background imageDefences Collection: Ex paratrooper Donald Cook, 38 year old aircraft inspector and secretary of the St

Ex paratrooper Donald Cook, 38 year old aircraft inspector and secretary of the St. Pancras United Tenants Association, talks to his 36 year old wife Edith through a barricade of barbed wire

Background imageDefences Collection: Doonagore Castle, Co Clare, Ireland, 16Th Century Tower House Overlooking The Atlantic Ocean

Doonagore Castle, Co Clare, Ireland, 16Th Century Tower House Overlooking The Atlantic Ocean

Background imageDefences Collection: Uhlans at Liege

Uhlans at Liege
A detachment of German Uhlans charging a fort at Liege, Belgium, only to encounter the barbed wire defences constructed by order of General Liman, commander of the Belgian troops in Liege

Background imageDefences Collection: Martello Tower, Corsica

Martello Tower, Corsica Date: 1809

Background imageDefences Collection: Siege of Paris - Aerial

Siege of Paris - Aerial
THE SIEGE OF PARIS An aerial view from the south, showing the French defences surrounding the city, including several outlying forts

Background imageDefences Collection: The Golden Tower, Seville, Spain, from Spanish Pictures by Reverend Samuel Manning

The Golden Tower, Seville, Spain, from Spanish Pictures by Reverend Samuel Manning
KW268382 The Golden Tower, Seville, Spain, from Spanish Pictures by Reverend Samuel Manning, published in 1870 (engraving) by English School

Background imageDefences Collection: Churchill and family visits anti-flying bomb defences, 1944

Churchill and family visits anti-flying bomb defences, 1944
Mr. Winston Churchill and his youngest daughter Mary Churchill see anti-flying bomb defences. Mrs. Churchill is also present on this six hour tour of gun sites in Southern England

Background imageDefences Collection: Geotextile tubes (geotubes) used as coastal cliff erosion defence on shingle beach, Dunwich

Geotextile tubes (geotubes) used as coastal cliff erosion defence on shingle beach, Dunwich, Suffolk, England, july

Background imageDefences Collection: Excavator building sea defences, Dunoon, Firth of Clyde, Argyll and Bute, Scotland, august

Excavator building sea defences, Dunoon, Firth of Clyde, Argyll and Bute, Scotland, august

Background imageDefences Collection: United Arts Volunteer Rifles, 1916

United Arts Volunteer Rifles, 1916
United Arts Volunteer Rifles constructing defences at Woldingham during World War I in 1916

Background imageDefences Collection: Sebastopol, Crimean War

Sebastopol, Crimean War
Interior of the Malakoff Tower, the most important of the Russian defences, taken by the French on 8 September

Background imageDefences Collection: A women on the South West Coast Path near Hartland Point Devon UK

A women on the South West Coast Path near Hartland Point Devon UK
Ashley Cooper / SpecialistStock

Background imageDefences Collection: Excavator and truck on beach, repairing sea defences with boulders, Happisburgh, Norfolk, England

Excavator and truck on beach, repairing sea defences with boulders, Happisburgh, Norfolk, England, august

Background imageDefences Collection: The siege operations at St. Mary's Creek, Chatham, on Saturday last, 1864. Creator: Unknown

The siege operations at St. Mary's Creek, Chatham, on Saturday last, 1864. Creator: Unknown
The siege operations at St. Mary's Creek, Chatham, on Saturday last, 1864. Military rehearsal. The besieged garrison were all men of the Marine Artillery and Volunteer Artillery

Background imageDefences Collection: Illustrations of the War in Denmark: interior of No. 4 Redoubt at Düppel, 1864. Creator: Unknown

Illustrations of the War in Denmark: interior of No. 4 Redoubt at Düppel, 1864. Creator: Unknown
Illustrations of the War in Denmark: interior of No. 4 Redoubt at Duppel, 1864. Engraving...from a sketch by our Special Artist...[showing] the aspect of Duppel since the storm of war has swept over

Background imageDefences Collection: The War in Denmark: rear view of the Düppel position, from the Church Battery, Sonderburg, 1864

The War in Denmark: rear view of the Düppel position, from the Church Battery, Sonderburg, 1864. Creator: Unknown
The War in Denmark from a sketch by our special artist: rear view of the Duppel position, from the Church Battery, Sonderburg, 1864

Background imageDefences Collection: Fight at Waiari, on the Mangapiko River, New Zealand, on the 11th of February, 1864

Fight at Waiari, on the Mangapiko River, New Zealand, on the 11th of February, 1864. Creator: Unknown
Fight at Waiari, on the Mangapiko River, New Zealand, on the 11th of February, 1864. It seems that...some of our soldiers went into the river to bathe, and were suddenly fired upon by the Maoris

Background imageDefences Collection: The War in Denmark: fortifications of Fredericia - Schleswig Bastion and Princess's Bastion, 1864

The War in Denmark: fortifications of Fredericia - Schleswig Bastion and Princess's Bastion, 1864. Creator: Unknown
The War in Denmark: fortifications of Fredericia - Schleswig Bastion and Princess's Bastion, 1864. Engraving from a sketch...by our Special Artist

Background imageDefences Collection: The War in Denmark: sketch of the Redoubts...at Düppel, showing the...outpost sentries... 1864

The War in Denmark: sketch of the Redoubts...at Düppel, showing the...outpost sentries... 1864. Creator: Unknown
The War in Denmark: sketch of the Redoubts Nos. 4, 5, 6, and 7 at Duppel, showing the Danish and the Prussian outpost sentries - from a sketch taken on the Ruhenberg Hill, by our special artist

Background imageDefences Collection: The War in Denmark: Prussian battery at Gaasberg Point, opposite the forts of Düppel, 1864

The War in Denmark: Prussian battery at Gaasberg Point, opposite the forts of Düppel, 1864. Creator: Unknown
The War in Denmark: Prussian battery at Gaasberg Point, opposite the forts of Duppel, 1864....We see two of the great guns at work, throwing shot and shell across the waters of the Venning Bund

Background imageDefences Collection: Destruction of the fortifications of the Ionian Islands: Fort Neuf, in the harbour of Corfu, 1864

Destruction of the fortifications of the Ionian Islands: Fort Neuf, in the harbour of Corfu, 1864. Creator: Unknown
Destruction of the fortifications of the Ionian Islands: Fort Neuf, in the harbour of Corfu, 1864. The conduct of her Majesty's Government in demolishing the fortifications of Corfu before

Background imageDefences Collection: The Taeping Rebellion in China: interior of the walls of Soo-Chow, 1864. Creator: Unknown

The Taeping Rebellion in China: interior of the walls of Soo-Chow, 1864. Creator: Unknown
The Taeping Rebellion in China: interior of the walls of Soo-Chow, 1864. Engraving from a photograph, ...illustrative of the capture of the Chinese town of Soo-Chow by the Imperialist troops

Background imageDefences Collection: The War in New Zealand: stronghold of the Maoris at Rangariri, 1864. Creator: Unknown

The War in New Zealand: stronghold of the Maoris at Rangariri, 1864. Creator: Unknown
The War in New Zealand: stronghold of the Maoris at Rangariri, 1864. Engraving from a photograph, of the scene of...General Cameron's victory on the 20th of November...The British troops...first

Background imageDefences Collection: Illustrations of the War in Schleswig by our special artist: the Dannewerk, Redoubt No. 11, 1864

Illustrations of the War in Schleswig by our special artist: the Dannewerk, Redoubt No. 11, 1864. Creator: Unknown
Illustrations of the War in Schleswig by our special artist: the Dannewerk, Redoubt No. 11, 1864. View of...Redoubt No. 11

Background imageDefences Collection: Illustrations of the War in Schleswig by our special artist: battery on the...Dannewerk, 1864

Illustrations of the War in Schleswig by our special artist: battery on the...Dannewerk, 1864. Creator: Unknown
Illustrations of the War in Schleswig by our special artist: battery on the summit of the Dannewerk, 1864. View of...the summit with a battery of guns

Background imageDefences Collection: Map of Fortifications of the City of Barcelona, 1706, 18th century (engraving)

Map of Fortifications of the City of Barcelona, 1706, 18th century (engraving)
6266320 Map of Fortifications of the City of Barcelona, 1706, 18th century (engraving); (add.info.: The true and exact Plan of all the Old and New Fortifications of the City of Barcelona)

Background imageDefences Collection: Tower and city ramparts of the Ferdinand Walls, Porto, Portugal

Tower and city ramparts of the Ferdinand Walls, Porto, Portugal

Background imageDefences Collection: Russia, Saint Petersburg, Peter and Paul Fortress on Neva riverside, classified as

Russia, Saint Petersburg, Peter and Paul Fortress on Neva riverside, classified as World Heritage by UNESCO

Background imageDefences Collection: 17th century View of the city of Nancy, France showing the walled city

17th century View of the city of Nancy, France showing the walled city
5304740 17th century View of the city of Nancy, France showing the walled city.; (add.info.: 17th century View of the city of Nancy, France showing the walled city.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageDefences Collection: 17th century plan of the French City of Avignon

17th century plan of the French City of Avignon
5304989 17th century plan of the French City of Avignon; (add.info.: 17th century plan of the French City of Avignon); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageDefences Collection: Chincha Islands War 1864-1866 between Spain and her former South American colonies

Chincha Islands War 1864-1866 between Spain and her former South American colonies
528578 Chincha Islands War 1864-1866 between Spain and her former South American colonies. Bombardment of Callao, 2 May 1866, Print 1868.; (add.info.: Lima, Peru)

Background imageDefences Collection: French Religious Wars 1562-1598. Siege of Chartres

French Religious Wars 1562-1598. Siege of Chartres
535863 French Religious Wars 1562-1598. Siege of Chartres.; (add.info.: French Religious Wars 1562-1598. Siege of Chartres)



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"From Ancient Fortresses to Modern Battlegrounds: A Journey through Defences" Jaffna, Sri Lanka, 1671: Witness the impenetrable walls of Jaffna's ancient fortress, standing tall against invaders for centuries. Restaurant de la Reserve, Nice, France: Indulge in a culinary experience within the elegant walls of this historic building-turned-restaurant, once a bastion defending Nice's coastline. RAF Bombers over Berlin; Second World War, 1943: Explore the skies as brave pilots soar above enemy lines, their aircraft serving as both weapons and shields in defense of freedom. Natal Native Contingent (NCC) armed with assegais: Step into history and witness the fierce determination of South Africa's indigenous warriors defending their land with traditional weaponry during colonial times. Singapore, bastion in the East by G. H. Davis: Discover how Singapore transformed itself into an impregnable stronghold guarding strategic interests in Southeast Asia under British rule. Ischia, Italy - Castello Aragonese: Marvel at the medieval fortress perched atop Ischia Island's cliffs; its sturdy defenses have protected it from countless invasions throughout history. American Troops landing on D-Day; Second World War 1944: Commemorate the bravery and sacrifice of Allied forces storming Normandy beaches to liberate Europe from Nazi occupation – a pivotal moment that turned tides towards victory. First English Civil War: Siege of Lathom House 1644: Relive one of England's most intense sieges where loyalists held out against Parliamentarian forces for months within Lathom House's formidable fortifications. HAWKER HURRICANE I : Celebrate the iconic fighter plane that played a crucial role in Britain's aerial defense during World War II – symbolizing resilience and ingenuity against overwhelming odds.