Working on the research for the British guns at Wanstone Farm near Dover. Jane & Clem, Winnie and Pooh and the oddity Bruce. Seems that Bruce was very much a test gun and was sleeved down from a 13.5in naval gun down to a caliber of 8inch but the shell was driven by the 13.5in charge! This gave it a range of about 78 miles but by the time the tests had finished in 1944 nothing more was achieved, probably because of intense barrel wear created by the hyper velocity shell. The site of Bruce is just discernible today and its interesting to note that the Germans solved the problem of hyper velocity shells in a rather clever way; by inventing the V2 rocket.
Steve is a retired photography teacher and now works as a military historian while living in East Sussex, England.