WWII Watchtower, La Brea, Trinidad
- Angelo Bissessarsingh ( 2010)
Many younger persons in society might not be aware that Trinidad was home to an American army base during World War II. Though the primary camp was at Chaguramas, watchtowers were erected all over the island. This 200-feet-tall concrete tower located at La Brea, overlooks the Pitch Lake and the Gulf of Paria. It was erected in 1942 by the Royal Engineers of the British Army. The tower was built to protect the oil installations at Brighton against German attacks. During the Second World War, oil was an essential fuel and every precaution had to be taken to ensure its availability for use by warships. At the end of hostilities with Germany, the tower was used as a bachelors' quarters for Trinidad Lake Asphalt company employees
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