Gibraltar, a Rock, a bastion, a fortress


Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory that stands at the entrance of the Mediterranean guarding one of the busiest sea lanes in the world. Its key contribution to British and western defence interests during World War II and the ensuing Cold War era, has been well documented in history, while its modern day role as forward mounting base remains significant. The Rock of Gibraltar has approximately 30 miles of natural caverns and man-made tunnels in its interior, dating back to The Great Siege of 1779-1783 when army artificers dug out tons of rock, to create a complex and efficient system of forti-fications.

The Great Siege Tunnels

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