Interior of Taku Fort, China, 1860
Photograph by Felice Beato (1825-1907), 2nd China War (1857-1860), 1860.
The corpse-strewn interior of the fort is testament to the savagery of the fighting that took place there. The Chinese defenders suffered terribly, not only from the ferocity of the Anglo-French attack, but also because in their chaotic retreat from the forts they fell victim to their own defensive spiked ditches.
From a photograph album of 39 photographs.
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