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Scanned image of Battery Observation posts (towers) for W.W.2 twin 6-pounder gun emplacements, view from North

SC 670485

Description Scanned image of Battery Observation posts (towers) for W.W.2 twin 6-pounder gun emplacements, view from North

Date 21/5/1996

Collection RCAHMS

Catalogue Number SC 670485

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of C 73248

Scope and Content View from north of director tower, Balfour Battery, Hoxa Head, South Ronaldsay, Orkney Islands Balfour Battery was built during World War II at the main entrance to Scapa Flow to defend the Flow against attack from fast moving motor torpedo boats and other hostile craft. This shows the director tower for one of the twin six-pounder guns with the crew shelter in the foreground. Looking across Hoxa Sound, the top observation post directed the gun while the lower one directed the searchlights. Scapa Flow was used by the Royal Navy as a base and fleet anchorage for the Home Fleet during World Wars I and II. After each war the defence equipment was removed leaving the emplacements and other buildings empty and abandoned. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.

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Collection Hierarchy - Item Level

Collection Level (551 1) RCAHMS

Group Level (551 1/5) Thematic Surveys

>> Sub-Group Level (551 1/5/3) Defence of Britain Survey

>>> Sub-Group Level (551 1/129/5/74) Hoxa Battery, South Ronaldsay, Orkney

>>>> Item Level (SC 670485) Scanned image of Battery Observation posts (towers) for W.W.2 twin 6-pounder gun emplacements, view from North

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