Use of smoke towers for air raid defence

Discussion in 'General' started by URI, Dec 9, 2015.

  1. URI

    URI Member


    I'm looking for information regarding the use of smokescreens on land. We have smoke towers in the Haifa bay area (Palestine/Israel) that were built by the British during WW2. They are part of a bigger system but only 3 are still standing. We believe the smoke towers were used to defend the port/air field/oil refinery against day time air raids, and were part of a big defence system that was deployed in the area. Haifa was air raided during the war but we don't know if the smoke screen was ever used. The towers have a bottom section and top section with chimney bricks and large roof opening.
    Hoping to find some information regarding how they worked, when they were built, were smoke towers used in other locations and so on. Any information will be great since we know very little and hope to restore them.


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  2. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran


    While we didn't have smoke towers as you describe - we did have steel canister types all around various munitions factories - whih magically lit up during air

    raids - and poisonous things they were -we always found them humourous as whenever our Father left his work - dead sober - he hit everyone near our house

    giving Mother ample time to have his dinner on the table …..whenever he had a few beers he missed everyone…...


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