Our main area of interest was to locate the sites of the really big guns, there were five situated just inland of the South Foreland area and called, Jane, Clem, Winnie, Pooh and Bruce. Jane and Clem were two big 15inch guns and the rest were the smaller 14 inch types. These were built to reply to the German heavy batteries on the French Coast that regularly shelled both Dover and Folkestone, infact throughout the war Dover suffrered terribly with some 2,226 shells landing in the town.
We did successfully find the sites for Jane and Clem situated near Wanston Farm and though in the case of Clem which is very over grown and almost inaccessable, Jane is easy to find. Heavy rain stopped us from photographing the sites of Winnie, Pooh and Bruce but these have virtually ceased to exist anyway having reverted back to farmland long ago.
During a brief interlude of bright sunshine we stood on the top of the Dover cliffs and could see France clearly and through binoculars make out the light house at Cap Griz Nez; by ferry this is a 90 minute trip and by Spitfire just 9 mins; by German high velocity shell it is just 73 seconds and thats all the time the people of Dover had to run for cover when lookouts spotted the flash of their guns from the battery observation posts high up on the Dover cliffs.
Our new page on the British long range guns is coming soon.