Żabbar Batteries and Redoubt

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Żabbar Batteries and RedoubtŻabbar Batteries and Redoubt_header_cell_0_0_0
CoordinatesŻabbar Batteries and Redoubt_header_cell_0_1_0 Żabbar Batteries and Redoubt_cell_0_1_1
TypeŻabbar Batteries and Redoubt_header_cell_0_2_0 Artillery batteries and redoubtŻabbar Batteries and Redoubt_cell_0_2_1
Site historyŻabbar Batteries and Redoubt_header_cell_0_3_0
BuiltŻabbar Batteries and Redoubt_header_cell_0_4_0 c. 1798Żabbar Batteries and Redoubt_cell_0_4_1
Built byŻabbar Batteries and Redoubt_header_cell_0_5_0 Maltese insurgentsŻabbar Batteries and Redoubt_cell_0_5_1
In useŻabbar Batteries and Redoubt_header_cell_0_6_0 c. 1798–1800Żabbar Batteries and Redoubt_cell_0_6_1
MaterialsŻabbar Batteries and Redoubt_header_cell_0_7_0 LimestoneŻabbar Batteries and Redoubt_cell_0_7_1
FateŻabbar Batteries and Redoubt_header_cell_0_8_0 DemolishedŻabbar Batteries and Redoubt_cell_0_8_1
Battles/warsŻabbar Batteries and Redoubt_header_cell_0_9_0 Siege of Malta (1798–1800)Żabbar Batteries and Redoubt_cell_0_9_1
Garrison informationŻabbar Batteries and Redoubt_header_cell_0_10_0
Past

commandersŻabbar Batteries and Redoubt_header_cell_0_11_0

Clemente EllulŻabbar Batteries and Redoubt_cell_0_11_1

The Żabbar Batteries and Redoubt (Maltese: Batteriji u Ridott ta' Ħaż-Żabbar) were a series of artillery batteries and a redoubt in Żabbar, Malta, built by Maltese insurgents during the French blockade of 1798–1800. Żabbar Batteries and Redoubt_sentence_0

They formed part of a chain of batteries, redoubts and entrenchments encircling the French positions in Marsamxett and the Grand Harbour. Żabbar Batteries and Redoubt_sentence_1

Description and history Żabbar Batteries and Redoubt_section_0

Żabbar was the closest Maltese city to the French-occupied harbour fortifications, and it was repeatedly bombarded from the Cottonera Lines. Żabbar Batteries and Redoubt_sentence_2

The inhabitants barricaded the streets and built batteries and a redoubt to protect the city from an attack. Żabbar Batteries and Redoubt_sentence_3

The fortifications of Żabbar consisted of: Żabbar Batteries and Redoubt_sentence_4

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  • a battery near the parish church, which was armed with two cannonsŻabbar Batteries and Redoubt_item_0_0
  • a battery blocking the road to the Notre Dame GateŻabbar Batteries and Redoubt_item_0_1
  • a battery and a redoubt blocking the southwest flank of the village. The redoubt was of the pietra a secco type, similar to one found at Saint Agatha's Tower.Żabbar Batteries and Redoubt_item_0_2

The batteries were fitted with underground shelters or were covered over to protect the gun crews. Żabbar Batteries and Redoubt_sentence_5

They fell under the command of Clemente Ellul, and his deputies Giuseppe Cachia and Giuseppe Ellul. Żabbar Batteries and Redoubt_sentence_6

Like the other French blockade fortifications, the Żabbar Batteries and Redoubt were probably demolished soon after the end of the blockade. Żabbar Batteries and Redoubt_sentence_7

No traces of the actual batteries or redoubt can be seen today, but some buildings which had been incorporated into the redoubt, including a windmill, still exist. Żabbar Batteries and Redoubt_sentence_8


Credits to the contents of this page go to the authors of the corresponding Wikipedia page: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Żabbar Batteries and Redoubt.