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Fort No.1 Chitila by wingsofwrath Fort No.1 Chitila by wingsofwrath
EDIT, 25.08.2016: In mid-May I finally managed to get enough time to and visit the Bucharest fortifications (something I do on a regular basis since 2008) and while visiting the Chitila fort I discovered my drawing - at the time wholly based on pictures I had in my collection, a rather crappy plan and satellite imagery- was wrong in a few details (for example the shape of the counterscarp wall in front of the forward caponier is not semicircular but acorn-shaped,  the two forward traverses are still their original height and haven't been cut down to the height of the artillery parapet as one plan from 1900 suggested be done, also I forgot to draw the two exits between the back traverses, which are wholly obscured by vegetation on the satellite pictures and aren't drawn on the plans, etc.). This is the corrected version.

        Finally, the drawing wasn't published in Radu Oltean's book "Fortresses, Castles and Fortifications of Romania", because there was too much material and he decided to split the book into three volumes - Vol.1, antiquity to 1540, out now and available here, Vol.2, 1540 to 1866 to be published in 2017 and finally, Vol.3, 1866 to 1947, to appear sometimes around 2018 and be fully written and illustrated by yours truly. 

An illustration of Fort No.1 Chitila, the first and largest of the fortifications of Bucharest built from 1884 to 1900 on the plans of Belgian military architect Henri Alexis Brialmont

It was the first and largest of the Bucharest forts and was armed with three cupolas with two 15cm Krupp guns, two cupolas for 21cm Krupp howitzers, five Gruson disappearing cupolas for 5.7cm guns (cupola identical to this one, gun slightly larger) for close up defence and thirteen 5.7cm guns on casemate mounts for flank defence of the ditches and walls of the fort.

Info no longer correct, but left for the sake of continuity:

This drawing will be published by my friend Radu Oltean, a noted historical illustrator, in his upcoming book "Fortresses, Castles and Fortifications of Romania"

He asked me to do it because, while he is an expert in medieval and early modern fortification, I know far more when it comes to late 19th century forts. 

I will update the information as it develops, including, hopefully, a place where to buy the book. 
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menapia Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2016
Brilliant 
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Arianod Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Neat job! :clap:
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Sanjunin49 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well done. It is good that someone remembers the past and illustrates it.
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wingsofwrath Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. It is indeed something I want to do with my life - remember the past and educate others. 
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Allmanette Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2015
Awesome!
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wingsofwrath Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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spacegoblin Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2015
Very cool! :)
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wingsofwrath Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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Texas-Red-Wolf Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
nice
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wingsofwrath Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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Texas-Red-Wolf Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
your welcome.
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SoaringAven Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome! :D 
Reminds me of the book I'm reading RN. It's a Czech alternate history but they really go into detail about the forts. RN the Soviets are attacking Poland and this really reminds me of some of their forts. 
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wingsofwrath Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! The late 19th century was a indeed a period of furious fort building and most of them served exactly no function, because of the rapid advancements in artillery which rendered them obsolete before WW1 even began...

In fact, the Belgian forts of Liège and Namur, also designed by Brialmont as the forts of Bucharest, fell in 10 days and some in as little as 3, when they were expected to last at least a month.  This, coupled with the fact that some of the Bucharest forts weren't fully armed (an economic recession in 1900 had stopped new purchases of artillery) led to their abandonment in 1914 - the guns were removed and placed on improvised field carriages, and, after Romania's entry into the war in 1916, the 15cm and 21cm were used to pound the enemy trenches while the 5.7cm were used as infantry and AA guns.
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briantk2003 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2015
Also to add about Belgian forts is that the garrisons are poorly trained and disciplined. Soldiers will disappeared into dark hallway of the fort whenever a authorative figures approach them. Forts are so poorly positioned that they cannot support each other.
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hardbodies Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! Very awesome drawing ! :) Bravo !
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wingsofwrath Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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