2010. Second World War event at Fort Nelson. Russian forces attack the Germans in a re-enactment. Picture: Will Caddy 101070-69
2010. Second World War event at Fort Nelson. Russian forces attack the Germans in a re-enactment. Picture: Will Caddy 101070-69

A history of Fort Nelson re-enactments in 14 retro photos

A visit to Fort Nelson is a must if you are interested in the history of Portsmouth and its role in preventing attacks by the French during the late 19th century.

By Deborah Croker
Monday, 28th September 2020, 3:30 pm

It was one of five defensive forts built on the summit of Portsdown Hill during the 1860s, overlooking the city. In times of war a garrison of about 200 volunteers, as well as regular army officers, would have helped to guard the fort.

Nowadays the fort is open all year round as a museum where visitors can learn more about the artillery stored there and Fort Nelson’s secret underground tunnels.

The site is also popular with re-enactments which regular take place.

Here are a few of those events taking place, featuring in photos from The News’ archive.

Join our new Portsmouth Retro Facebook group to find more fascinating photos and memories from Portsmouth’s past.

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