Bill Clements was a regular officer in the British Army for 32 years. He attended the Australian Army Staff College in 1969 and was the British Exchange Instructor at RMC Duntroon from 1974 to 1976. He commanded the 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Rangers and was Defence Attache at the British Embassies in Rangoon and Beijing. He is currently the chairman of the Fortress Study Group (www.fsgfort.com) and has written books and articles on fortifications including ‘Martello Towers Worldwide’ and ‘Defending the North: the Fortifications of Ulster 1796-1956’.
In 1859 Britain was swept with an anti-French fever whipped up by the Press as a result of the construction of the French warship La Gloire, the first armoured steam […]