Which Large Guns?

Discussion in 'Weapons, Technology & Equipment' started by ww2ni, Mar 4, 2011.

  1. ww2ni

    ww2ni Senior Member

    I visited what remains of a Battery Gunnery Range at Islandmagee in County Antrim yesterday and was very pleased with what I found.

    As well as the usual pieces of concrete there are 4 metal bases/mountings for the large guns.

    I suspect they would have fired at targets towed by aircraft over the sea.

    I have been unable to download the pictures onto this site and would appeal to all you knowledgeable folks to go to Home - Second World War in Northern Ireland and click on County Antrim Park 2. Scroll down till you find them.

    Its quite an impressive setup and I am interested to know what types of guns would have been used?
    Do the 2 types of mounting relate to 2 types of guns?
    Would the targets be air-tow or in the sea?

  2. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA Patron

    This is a complete guess but I don't think they are for anti-aircraft mounts.
    The seem to be bases for some type of a pedestal mount, which might be hard to operate at a high angle at least for a large gun.

    Here is a non anti-aircraft 155mm on a pedestal.

  3. Za Rodinu

    Za Rodinu Hot air manufacturer

    Your pedestal grew tracks!!! o_O
  4. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA Patron

    Well, I probably should have found a better picture :)
    I always think of a naval pedestal mount when I see the pedestal in the M-12.
  5. Za Rodinu

    Za Rodinu Hot air manufacturer

    Worry not, your M12 carried a French design artillery piece, which had also been captured in numbers and used in the Atlantic Wall, so they're all related :)
  6. ww2ni

    ww2ni Senior Member

    The bases are approx 18 inches in diameter and it may have been a Naval Gun range.
  7. ww2ni

    ww2ni Senior Member

    I have now got this information -
    The "Defending the North" book by Bill Clements says its a Royal Navy Gun Range to be used by Merchant Navy, soldiers and Marines from Armed Merchant Ships who carried out practice fiting with 4.7 (120mm) QF and 12-pdr QF guns.

    So now we know!

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