ST2759 : 'The Department of Miscellaneous Weapons Development'

taken 2 years ago, 4 km from Brean, Somerset, Great Britain

'The Department of Miscellaneous Weapons Development'
'The Department of Miscellaneous Weapons Development'
The Department was an Admiralty concern in WWII that was formed to invent and develop 'hush-hush' stuff. Many assorted boffins and officers tried to enhance the war effort with an astonishing variety of ideas. Some failed miserably, some didn't have quite the desired effect and only a few produced a genuine weapon system. Notably, this included Barnes Wallis' 'Bouncing Bomb' of Dambusters fame; the AMUCK anti-submarine missile is another.

As an attempt to explore further 'bouncing bomb' possibilities, this station laid some rails on the rocks, facing the sea, and fired secret test devices from them. However, the use of one such bomb went awry. Having fired it out into the waters, it turned sharply and careered into a chicken farm. Reports of the incident refers to some feathery fatalities, but no human.
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Date Taken
Monday, 13 March, 2017   (more nearby)
Thursday, 16 March, 2017
Geographical Context
Coastal  Historic sites and artefacts  Defence, Military  Estuary, Marine 
Primary Subject of Photo
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 2794 5933 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:19.7090N 3:2.1377W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 2793 5934
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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Former Fort  Weapons Testing Area  Former Test Site 

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