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Casemate Collection

Casemates have stood as silent witnesses to history, their sturdy walls bearing witness to the trials and triumphs of nations

Background imageCasemate Collection: Battery casemate on D-Day coast, dating from Second World War, Longues sur Mer

Battery casemate on D-Day coast, dating from Second World War, Longues sur Mer, Calvados, Normandy, France, Europe

Background imageCasemate Collection: French soldiers and a barber in the casemates, Verdun, September 1916 (autochrome)

French soldiers and a barber in the casemates, Verdun, September 1916 (autochrome)
697620 French soldiers and a barber in the casemates, Verdun, September 1916 (autochrome) by Gervais-Courtellemont, Jules (1863-1931); eGalerie Bilderwelt; French, out of copyright

Background imageCasemate Collection: Gibralter - Soldiers in Casemate Square Victorian period

Gibralter - Soldiers in Casemate Square Victorian period

Background imageCasemate Collection: Soldiers in Casemate Square, Gibralter

Soldiers in Casemate Square, Gibralter

Background imageCasemate Collection: A casemate during the bombardment at the Battle of Fort Sumter, April 12-14, 1861

A casemate during the bombardment at the Battle of Fort Sumter, April 12-14, 1861, near Charleston, South Carolina
2619155 A casemate during the bombardment at the Battle of Fort Sumter, April 12-14, 1861, near Charleston, South Carolina, from The History of Our Country, published 1905 (litho) by American School

Background imageCasemate Collection: HMS 'Terrible, '14, 220 Tons, the Largest Cruiser in the World, preparing for War (litho)

HMS "Terrible, "14, 220 Tons, the Largest Cruiser in the World, preparing for War (litho)
1606683 HMS " Terrible, " 14, 220 Tons, the Largest Cruiser in the World, preparing for War (litho) by Holland Tringham

Background imageCasemate Collection: The Soudan Advance, the Battle of Atbara, the Sirdars Great Victory over the Dervishes (engraving)

The Soudan Advance, the Battle of Atbara, the Sirdars Great Victory over the Dervishes (engraving)
1615826 The Soudan Advance, the Battle of Atbara, the Sirdars Great Victory over the Dervishes (engraving) by Prior, Melton (1845-1910) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Soudan Advance)

Background imageCasemate Collection: Sketches from Gaeta (engraving)

Sketches from Gaeta (engraving)
1612819 Sketches from Gaeta (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Sketches from Gaeta. Illustration for The Illustrated London News, 23 March 1861)

Background imageCasemate Collection: The attack on Arkansas Post, January 1863 (engraving)

The attack on Arkansas Post, January 1863 (engraving)
959253 The attack on Arkansas Post, January 1863 (engraving) by American School, (19th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: The attack on Arkansas Post, January 1863)

Background imageCasemate Collection: Admirals Sir E Lyons and Sir Houston Stewart, with other Officers, in a Casemate in the Spit Battery

Admirals Sir E Lyons and Sir Houston Stewart, with other Officers, in a Casemate in the Spit Battery
1608340 Admirals Sir E Lyons and Sir Houston Stewart, with other Officers, in a Casemate in the Spit Battery, Kinburn (engraving) by English School

Background imageCasemate Collection: The War in America, Prison in Casemate No 2, Fort Lafayette, New York Harbour (engraving)

The War in America, Prison in Casemate No 2, Fort Lafayette, New York Harbour (engraving)
1610198 The War in America, Prison in Casemate No 2, Fort Lafayette, New York Harbour (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The War in America)

Background imageCasemate Collection: Redoubt Fortress and Military Museum, Royal Parade, Eastbourne, East Sussex, England

Redoubt Fortress and Military Museum, Royal Parade, Eastbourne, East Sussex, England
England, East Sussex, Eastbourne, Redoubt Fortress and Military Museum, Royal Parade

Background imageCasemate Collection: Grand Casemates Gates, Gibraltar

Grand Casemates Gates, Gibraltar
Grand Casemates Gates (formerly Waterport Gate), Gibraltar. Date: circa 1910

Background imageCasemate Collection: Fort Monostor in Komarom (Monostori Eroed), Hungary

Fort Monostor in Komarom (Monostori Eroed), Hungary

Background imageCasemate Collection: Source Size = 3959 x 2531

Source Size = 3959 x 2531
Admirals Sir E. Lyons and Sir Houston Stewart, with other Officers, in a Casemate in the Spit Battery, Kinburn

Background imageCasemate Collection: The Civil War in Spain: Casemate in the Battery of San Lorenzo

The Civil War in Spain: Casemate in the Battery of San Lorenzo

Background imageCasemate Collection: The Prince of Wales at Gibraltar: on the Way to Casemate Square, 1876

The Prince of Wales at Gibraltar: on the Way to Casemate Square, 1876

Background imageCasemate Collection: ROCK OF GIBRALTAR. View of the Rock of Gibraltar, late 19th century, with casemates

ROCK OF GIBRALTAR. View of the Rock of Gibraltar, late 19th century, with casemates in foreground

Background imageCasemate Collection: PALACE OF KUBLAI KHAN. Palace of Kublai Khan in Peking. Miniature, early 15th century

PALACE OF KUBLAI KHAN. Palace of Kublai Khan in Peking. Miniature, early 15th century, from the Livre de Merveilles

Background imageCasemate Collection: Belemsky turret on the river Tagus in Lisbon

Belemsky turret on the river Tagus in Lisbon

Background imageCasemate Collection: U. S. Army forces in Peking (Beijing), China, to relieve the besieged legations, 1900

U. S. Army forces in Peking (Beijing), China, to relieve the besieged legations, 1900. Oil on canvas by H
CHINA: BOXER REBELLION. U.S. Army forces in Peking (Beijing), China, to relieve the besieged legations, 1900. Oil on canvas by H. Charles McBarron, Jr

Background imageCasemate Collection: The Civil War In Spain: Casemate In The Battery Of San Lorenzo

The Civil War In Spain: Casemate In The Battery Of San Lorenzo

Background imageCasemate Collection: CIVIL WAR: ATLANTA, 1864. Confederate defensive works before Atlanta, Georgia. Photograph, 1864

CIVIL WAR: ATLANTA, 1864. Confederate defensive works before Atlanta, Georgia. Photograph, 1864

Background imageCasemate Collection: The Civil war in America. Repairing Fort Sumter

The Civil war in America. Repairing Fort Sumter
Repairing damage in the casemate of Fort Sumter on the night of the attack. Confederate soldiers sandbagging the interior of the fort

Background imageCasemate Collection: Casemate ruins from the Second World War, Pointe du Hoc, Calvados, Normandy

Casemate ruins from the Second World War, Pointe du Hoc, Calvados, Normandy, France, Europe


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Casemates have stood as silent witnesses to history, their sturdy walls bearing witness to the trials and triumphs of nations. From the battery casemate on the D-Day coast, dating back to the Second World War in Longues sur Mer, to Soldiers in Casemate Square during the Victorian period in Gibraltar, these structures hold stories within their fortified embrace. In Charleston, South Carolina, a casemate endured the relentless bombardment during the Battle of Fort Sumter in April 1861. Its resilience echoed throughout time and was immortalized in lithographs published decades later. Meanwhile, Fort de la Bonnelle stands proudly in Saint-Geosmes, Haute-Marne, France - a testament to military strategy and architectural prowess. The casemates of Verdun witnessed both camaraderie and hardship as French soldiers sought solace amidst chaos during September 1916. A barber's presence offered brief respite from battle-weary days. HMS "Terrible, " an awe-inspiring cruiser weighing 14, 220 tons prepared for war with unwavering determination - its imposing figure serving as a symbol of naval might. From The Soudan Advance at the Battle of Atbara where victory over dervishes was achieved by the Sirdars' forces engraved forever upon history's pages; to sketches capturing life within Gaeta's casemates; even depicting scenes from The attack on Arkansas Post - each engraving captures moments frozen in time. Casemates stand not only as physical fortifications but also as guardians of memories etched into their very foundations, and are reminders that even amid conflict and turmoil there is strength and endurance that echoes through generations.