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Thread: The Guns Of Vementry

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    Well impressed by this,very much worth the effort,thank you

    To remain ignorant of what happened before you were born is to remain always a child....Cicero

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    What a fantastic report and photos, well worth visit, great to see it's not been damaged and is untouched, just looked at island on google maps and looks like a few remains scattered about, be great to stay on island for a few nights to explore in summer though ��

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    Very nice set of images. Sadly the site, like all of the gun installations in the islands have been well cleaned up or had numerous visits from the metal monkeys. My father was stationed in the Orkneys and Shetlands during WW2 in the RAOC and in charge of maintenance and repair of the guns protecting the anchorages and the site looks vastly different since my first visit in late '59. Then there was plain evidence of the WW2 AA battery that was located in and around the old emplacements. Apart from the fact that the guns were well outdated and had a very poor range, the main reason why the weapons were not used in WW2 was the fact that the ammunition had become unstable due to poor storage conditions in the magazines. The bagged propellant charges were falling apart and it was not considered cost effective to disrupt the supply of charges for the more modern weapons defending these anchorages. Whilst the defences of Scapa Flow were modernised as required, this anchorage's fixed land defences were not seen as that important, attack from the air or submarine being the major concerns if the anchorage became heavily used.

    Go explore in mid summer and have '24' hours uninterrupted daylight to wander about in!
    Last edited by Dirus_Strictus; 24th Dec 16 at 14:03.

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    Well done for all the effort to get this report,and what a superb location.Thank you so much for this amazing report.

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