Historical Intrigue: Fort Drum
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It often astounds me how hidden marvels of engineering is lost to the ages. Allow me to tell you about one of my favourites.
Sitting in Manilla Bay is an abandoned structure one can only describe as a concrete battleship. It was crafted in the early 20th century by American engineers so desperate in need of a defensive structure they Terra formed a small island into one. It was fitted with weaponry and tool meant to stave off sea faring foes.
In 1941, the Japanese invaded the Philippines and this monster stood in it's way. it out lasted them far more than any other outpost could. The same was true when the Americans came to take the Philippines back after the Second World War. To deal with it, they had to blow it up. The packed the interior of the thing with diesel and gasoline and blew it sky high. Or at least they tried, but the outer wall didn't budge. The interior was ravaged, including the poor sods trapped inside who were burned alive in the resulting explosion of heat and debris.
Such a beast is still standing but is long since abandoned. Even raiders have picked all the useful material from it, so nothing is left but the outer shell anymore. Truly a crying shame for such a marvel of naval warfare.
I do hope you enjoyed some of the knowledge I gifted you today. Perhaps I'll do it again some time. If you so wish.
- Sam Blitz
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