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Napoleon and Indian Coastal Defense

June 10, 2009

18thcentiruyfortHere is an interesting story from the Hindu News concerning India plans to study 17 and 16th Century French Coastal Fortifications for its own protection:

Six months after the Mumbai terror attacks, the Indian Navy and Coast Guard are taking a hard look at the over 200-year-old naval security net that Napoleon Bonaparte had cast around France.

Indian maritime security agencies are looking at the security apparatus that Napoleon had put in place by making use of the 17th century military engineer Vauban’s fortified military ports…

What the two maritime security forces would be keenly researching about are the coastal security command and control structures that Napoleon put in place using fortified port towns of Brest in the Atlantic Ocean in north France and Toulon in the Mediterranean Sea in south France built by Vauban for French king Loius XIV.

I think fortresses might be very useful in modern insurgency warfare, especially where you have large frontiers and open borders to guard. Way back in time I even advocated we use such fortifications as the Iraqi’s were building to strengthen America’s porous borders.

Fortification of Huningue on the Rhine River

Fortification of Huningue on the Rhine River

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