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British 15-inch Naval Guns - Imperial War Museum, Lambeth, London, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dragontree
N 51° 29.793 W 000° 06.518
30U E 700693 N 5709009
Quick Description: Outside the entrance to the Imperial War Museum are the British 15-inch Naval Guns.
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 8/13/2010 11:59:41 AM
Waymark Code: WM9FE2
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member PTCrazy
Views: 7

Long Description:
There is an information board with the guns which reads:

'In 1914, the 15-inch gun was the newest, largest and most powerful of the big guns used in Royal Navy battleships. The gun was developed in 1912 for the new Queen Elizabeth class battleships and became the main armament in 22 ships. Each example weighs 100 tons (102 tonnes) and, at maximum range, could fire a 1,900lb shell a distance of 16 3/4 miles (29kms). The guns were mounted in front of Imperial War Museum London in 1968.

The gun on the left was mounted in HMS Ramillies in 1916. It first saw action in 1920 during the Greco-Turkish War. Later, the gun was used against Italian land forces and warships in August and November 1940. It was removed from HMS Ramillies in 1941.

The gun on the right was mounted in HMS Resolution between 1915 and 1938 and also saw service during the Greco-Turkish War. The gun was remounted in HMS Roberts, an important unit in the naval forces assembled for the invasion of Normandy in June 1944. On D-Day, Roberts bombarded Houlgate Battery, on the eastern edge of the Allied landing area. During the campaign, she shelled enemy positions around Caen. On 1 November 1944, Roberts supported the assault on the Dutch island of Walcheren, engaging a German Battery near Westkapelle. The gun was removed in 1945.'

With the details is a map showing the locations. The website has some further details including: visit link

'Technical Details Length: 42 calibres (54ft 2in) Barrel weight: 97 tons 3 cwt Breech mechanism weight: 2 tons 17 cwt Total weight: 100 tons Weight of shell: 1,938 lb Weight of supercharge of cordite: 490 lb Range: 16.25 miles'1

What type of artillery is this?: British 15-inch Naval Guns

Where is this artillery located?: Park

What military of the world used this device?: British Navy

Date artillery was in use: 1/1/1914

Date artillery was placed on display: 1/1/1941

Cost?: 0.00 (listed in local currency)

Artillery is no longer operational: yes

Still may work: no

Are there any geocaches at this location?:
Yes - nearby in the Peace Garden and throughout London.


Parking location to view this Waymark: Not Listed

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