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Victoria in Capital Regional District, British Columbia — Canada’s West Coast
 

Defensible Wall / Mur défensif

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., May 22, 2014
1. Defensible Wall / Mur défensif Marker
Inscription.  

This wall protected the battery from attack from the rear. It was both a protected position for riflemen and an obstacle. Barbed wire entanglements and natural cliff faces provided additional defence along the remainder of the battery perimeter.

Loopholes allowed riflemen to shoot at an attacking enemy while protected by the wall. Vertical loopholes are located where the outside ground slopes up or down. Horizontal loopholes would allow riflemen to sweep the outside level ground with fire from left to right.
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Ce mur protégeait la batterie des attaques par l'arrière. Il servait à la fois d'abri aux fusiliers et d'obstacle à l'ennemi. Les réseaux de barbelés et les falaises assuraient une protection additionnelle le long de l'autre partie du périmètre de la batterie.

Par les meurtriéres, les fusiliers pouvaient tirer sur les assaillants tout en étant protégés par le mur. Les meurtrières verticales sont situées là où le terrain monte ou descend. Quant aux meutrières horizontales, elles permettaient aux fusiliers de balayer

Defensible Wall / Mur défensif and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 22, 2014
2. Defensible Wall / Mur défensif and Marker
Looking east toward Guardhouse
la plaine en tirant de gauche à droite.
 
Erected by Parks Canada.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts or CastlesWar, World IWar, World II.
 
Location. 48° 25.981′ N, 123° 27.246′ W. Marker is in Victoria, British Columbia, in Capital Regional District. Marker and wall are on the grounds of Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites of Canada. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 603 Fort Rodd Hill Road, Victoria, British Columbia V9C 2W8, Canada. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Guardhouse / Corps de garde (within shouting distance of this marker); Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site (within shouting distance of this marker); The Victoria and Esquimalt Coast Defences (within shouting distance of this marker); Upper Battery / Batterie supérieure (within shouting distance of this marker); Upper, Lower, Belmont Batteries (within shouting distance of this marker); Gun Emplacement / Emplacement du canon (within shouting distance of this marker); Coast Defence Artillery Positions: 1878-1956 (within shouting distance of this marker); Victoria-Esquimalt Fortifications (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Victoria.
 
Also see . . .
Defensible Wall / Mur défensif and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 22, 2014
3. Defensible Wall / Mur défensif and Marker
Looking west
1. Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites of Canada. (Submitted on November 6, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Fort Rodd Hill Info. (Submitted on November 6, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Defensible Wall / Mur défensif image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 22, 2014
4. Defensible Wall / Mur défensif
Outside of wall showing vertical rifle slits, with Guardhouse gate at far right
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 31, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 5, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 234 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 6, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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