Soon we reached The Needles Old Battery and New Battery, a Victorian coastal defence built to defend the country against invasion by sea by France. Fortunately, it was never used for its intended purpose. The site may not excite everyone, but for a military history buff like Tiger, everything at the site from its history and its infrastructure to its construction and equipments are extremely interesting.
We looked at all the exhibition rooms there and saw many detailed models of how the site was constructed. The model that shows a cross-section of the cliff on which the site was built, which explains how the cliff was tunnelled through and led out to the sea for transporting equipments, is especially instructive.
This post is part of a series about our summer holiday on the Isle of Wight. You can read the entire series here.
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