Fort Apache (hostile place)

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Outpost of a university compound in Mogadishu, Somalia, labeled Fort Apache by U.S. infantry.
The "Fort Apache" precinct house at 1086 Simpson Street in the Bronx.

Fort Apache is, metaphorically, a building, complex, or defensive site providing shelter from hostile action in the form of crime (in police drama) or native insurrection or enemy attack (in John Ford movies).[1]

The metaphor is now used by military and police to refer to a post which is beset/besieged. Recent examples may be found in Afghanistan and Iraq.[2] Another example is "Fort Apache, The Bronx", a name used in the past for the NYPD's 41st Precinct Station House at 1086 Simpson Street in the Bronx and the 1981 movie named for it.[3]

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  1. ^ ""All I Can See Is the Flags": "Fort Apache" and the Visibility of History". Cinema Journal. JSTOR 1225023.
  2. ^ "Fort Apache, Afghanistan". Winds of Change. Retrieved 2007-12-26.
  3. ^ Fisher, Ian (1993-06-23). "Pulling Out of Fort Apache, the Bronx; New 41st Precinct Station House Leaves Behind Symbol of Community's Past Troubles". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-12-26. He stretched his memory back 25 years to his days as a rookie patrolman in the 41st Precinct, whose station house was known from here to Hollywood as Fort Apache, a solitary outpost in a neighborhood of death and decay and gangs with grandiosely macabre names.