Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. #1
    Ever notice how fast Windows runs? Neither did I The_Toe_Of_Bo's Avatar
    Rank
    Forum Member
    Division
    None
    Status
    Active
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Location
    Southend-on-Sea, Essex, UK
    Age
    53
    Posts
    255

    Trivia The reminders of war .....

    About 5 minutes from where I live, Royal Naval bomb disposal experts carried out a controlled explosion on Shoebury East Beach, on Easter Sunday, after seven WWII artillery shells and six under wing machine guns, were found a quarter of a mile off shore.

    There has been some recent dredging for the deep water docks in Tilbury that has removed a lot of silt from Shoebury so anything that landed in the river is coming to the surface.

    For 150 years there was a massive Royal Artillery garrison in Shoebury, and even now there is still some sneaky beaky, secret squirrel MOD establishment, so the artillery shells are fairly easily explained as guns were always being test fired over the water.

    There have always been tales of planes crashing into the Estuary during WWII, especially during the Battle of Britain, so the machine guns have probably come from a previously undiscovered plane wreck.

    One well known wreck occurred on the night of Sunday 15th September 1940, when the Anti Aircraft Gun Emplacement at Thorpe Hall shot down a German Heinkel HE111 bomber, which crashed on the mud flats of the New Ranges. The crew were rescued and taken to hospital to have their injuries treated. The wreck of the aircraft was left to be slowly destroyed by the tide, parts of the aircraft were still visible until the mid-1970’s, the engines are still believed to exist under the shifting sands.

    Not far off the coast is the ship wreck of the SS Montgomery, an American Liberty ship, which sank in 1944 with around 1,400 tonnes of explosives on board. To this day, the ship, and its contents, are a hazard to the area.

    There is also a section of a Mulberry Harbour, which sunk in bad weather whilst being towed to the Normandy beaches, which is till visible about two miles off the coast.

    Just goes to show that although WWII ended nearly 70 years ago, we are surrounded by constant reminders.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Shoebury Explosions1.jpg 
Views:	85 
Size:	15.8 KB 
ID:	11302

    The controlled explosion being carried out

  2. #2
    Save the whales. Collect the whole set DaveSchilling's Avatar
    Rank
    Forum Member
    Division
    None
    Status
    Active
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Posts
    505

    Default

    Got any pics of that Mulberry-pice? Those are interesting.. Had a good look at the crap at Arromanches a couple of years ago..

  3. #3
    "Every day is a beautiful day" - Elwood P Dowd AOD Member AOD_BBadenov's Avatar
    Rank
    Private First Class
    Division
    War Thunder
    Status
    Active
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Location
    Oregon, USA
    Posts
    635

    Default

    Fascinating, thanks for sharing.

  4. #4
    If you choke a smurf, what color does it turn? AOD Member AOD_B.Rubble's Avatar
    Rank
    Specialist
    Division
    War Thunder
    Status
    Active
    Join Date
    Dec 2013
    Location
    Las Vegas,Nv
    Age
    47
    Posts
    1,171

    Default

    whenever they dig a new footer/basement/parking lot in London,they usually find a few UEX from what I gather. My family "extended' lived near the Roseville,Ca train depot when a load of 500lb bombs enroute to 'Nam were lit by a brake fire. Then ensuing explosions caused damage over 2mi away including shrapnel damage "a piece pierced My Grandfathers hood about 4in long' and broken windows. About 5 yrs ago they were digging a new road-bed for track replacement and brought up around 4more UEX that hadn't been found. They were taken to a range by Naval EOD if I remember correctly. Many memories exist,just but a few inches below our feet! Trod lightly no matter where one goes,for You are only stepping in the footprints of the heroes before You! Nice Posting!
    BRUBBLE

    Bringing BedrockBedlam to a Map near YOU
    "If ur gonna ride My ass,You better pull My hair

  5. #5
    Danneskjold Repossessions.
    AOD_Danneskjold's Avatar
    Rank
    Staff Sergeant
    Division
    AOD Racing
    Status
    Active
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Posts
    4,605

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by AOD_B.Rubble View Post
    whenever they dig a new footer/basement/parking lot in London,they usually find a few UEX from what I gather. My family "extended' lived near the Roseville,Ca train depot when a load of 500lb bombs enroute to 'Nam were lit by a brake fire. Then ensuing explosions caused damage over 2mi away including shrapnel damage "a piece pierced My Grandfathers hood about 4in long' and broken windows. About 5 yrs ago they were digging a new road-bed for track replacement and brought up around 4more UEX that hadn't been found. They were taken to a range by Naval EOD if I remember correctly. Many memories exist,just but a few inches below our feet! Trod lightly no matter where one goes,for You are only stepping in the footprints of the heroes before You! Nice Posting!
    They accidentally cut into a 500 pound bomb with a cutting torch in the Philippines about a month back. Took out 8 people.


  6. #6
    If I'm not back in 5....wait longer! AOD Member AOD_Barzack's Avatar
    Rank
    Private First Class
    Division
    War Thunder
    Status
    On Leave
    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    Location
    Lala Land
    Age
    42
    Posts
    86

    Default

    Reminded me of when I had to do some trainning at Camp Pendleton SOI when I was in the Marines. I was part of a 12 man patrol at night in the rain when PFC Hesslinger who was about 40 yards behind and to left of me steped on a WW I mortar shell. the shell detonated removing a portion of Hesslingers right foot and wounding 2 other Marines. It's scary enough to see what war is like but it's even worse what it leaves behind the thousands wounded still to this day from landmines left from WWII or who knows what else waiting below the surface for the rain to bring up.

  7. #7
    Ever notice how fast Windows runs? Neither did I The_Toe_Of_Bo's Avatar
    Rank
    Forum Member
    Division
    None
    Status
    Active
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Location
    Southend-on-Sea, Essex, UK
    Age
    53
    Posts
    255

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by AOD_DaveSchilling View Post
    Got any pics of that Mulberry-pice? Those are interesting.. Had a good look at the crap at Arromanches a couple of years ago..

    Couple of pictures of the Mulberry Harbour section. First is the view from the shore. Second is a close up.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	28391575.jpg 
Views:	73 
Size:	151.6 KB 
ID:	11311

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	2939180164_a4f77c6e5b_z.jpg 
Views:	84 
Size:	85.4 KB 
ID:	11312


    The link, below, is to an article on the BBC website about the SS Richard Montgomery and the problems it is posing to the development of the proposed Thames Airport.


    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-17513286


 

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
vBulletin Skin By: ForumThemes.com
Top