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Forkhill Security force base Forkhill, South Armagh, Northern Ireland, UK.

Part of the British Army's defensive strategy to control the landscape and people of Northern Ireland. Starting as little more than huts perched on flimsy scaffolding structures, the watchtowers developed into much more substantial installations housing sophisticated equipment such as video and still cameras, computers, telescopes, communications aerials and helicopter-refuelling facilities. Although watchtowers were also erected in other border and some city areas, only in South Armagh is there such a concentration. Their genesis lay in the early Army practice of setting up static observation posts (OPs) on high ground to monitor the routes between Crossmaglen and the border.