Goulet De Brest - Military Significance

Military Significance

It is the only opening into the roadstead of Brest, and thus the only access to the town. Consequently, successive French governments have lined the goulet with military installations to protect the town and the naval fleet based there, and to keep a watch on shipping using it. The geography of the goulet favours the defenders, as it has a spine down its length in the form of the Le Mengant rocks, which force ships to sail either to their north or south. The goulet has three zones.

Zone of Brest

  • Fort de Bertheaume
  • Fort de Toulbroc'h
  • Fort du Petit Minou
  • Fort du Mengant or Fort du Léon
  • Fort du Dellec
  • Fort de Portzic

Zone by île de Roscanvel

  • Fort de l'îlot des Capucins
  • Fort de la Fraternité
  • îlot du Diable
  • Fortified lines of Quélern
  • Batteries of Kerviniou
  • Batteries of Tremet
  • Fort on pointe des Espagnols
  • Powder-stores of the Île des Morts
  • Battery of Cornouaille

Zone de Camaret-sur-Mer

  • Batteries of Kerbonn
  • Batteries of Le Toulinguet
  • Batteries of Pointe du Petit Gouin and Pointe du Grand Gouin
  • Tour Vauban

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