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Author Topic: 'Bruce' - hypervelocity gun at St. Margaret's, near Dover  (Read 10654 times)

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Offline StuarttheGrant

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Re: 'Bruce' - hypervelocity gun at St. Margaret's, near Dover
« Reply #12 on: March 30, 2014, 23:09:13 »
What a beast! the original SuperGun!!
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Re: 'Bruce' - hypervelocity gun at St. Margaret's, near Dover
« Reply #11 on: March 20, 2014, 17:18:21 »
Found this old aerial photograph on a website of Bruce in 1946.

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Re: 'Bruce' - hypervelocity gun at St. Margaret's, near Dover
« Reply #10 on: May 01, 2012, 14:36:18 »
Thanks JohnG. The name Hoggs Bush is familiar to me as well.

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Re: 'Bruce' - hypervelocity gun at St. Margaret's, near Dover
« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2012, 12:27:20 »
Bruce was on the Kingsdown side of St Margaret's.  It is behind the radar site in the bottom of the valley going towards Hoggs Bush.

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Re: 'Bruce' - hypervelocity gun at St. Margaret's, near Dover
« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2012, 10:01:58 »
I may have asked this before but is this site in a valley on the Kingsdown side of St.Margarets at Cliffe.When i worked on a nearby farm in 1965/66 the farm apprentice showed me a site where there were some narrow gauge railway tracks and bunkers. There was a rough track leading down to this site from the farm road. On the other side of the farm road was a radar site which was possibly still in military hands in those days. I see on G.E. that the site I was shown is still there (or some bits anyway).

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Re: 'Bruce' - hypervelocity gun at St. Margaret's, near Dover
« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2012, 00:24:05 »
Bruce was an experimental gun and never fired in anger.  It was not a success. 

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Re: 'Bruce' - hypervelocity gun at St. Margaret's, near Dover
« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2012, 22:37:52 »
Was that for test firing LenP?

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Re: 'Bruce' - hypervelocity gun at St. Margaret's, near Dover
« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2012, 21:47:15 »
I didn't know it (Bruce) fired 'down' so to speak, I thought it only fired 'up' towards the Essex ranges.

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Re: 'Bruce' - hypervelocity gun at St. Margaret's, near Dover
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2012, 18:18:30 »
The gun Bruce manned by the Royal Marines was not a railway gun, it was a 13.5/8-inch, an experimental HP gun.  A 13.5-inch gun was lined down to 8-inch so a 13.5 charge could fire an 8-inch shell.  It did fire a shell 64 miles down to Pevency Bay.  The gun was not considered a success.

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Re: 'Bruce' - hypervelocity gun at St. Margaret's, near Dover
« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2010, 21:18:50 »
It is a bit more overgrown since BenG's visit!



The cartridge store under construction.


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'Bruce' - hypervelocity gun at St. Margaret's, near Dover
« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2008, 17:00:53 »
In the bottom of the valley behind St. Margaret?s Battery an experimental gun named 'Bruce' was built. This was installed in the later part of WW2 but was never used in anger as the barrel wear was so bad. The gun could fire a 256lb 8" shell in excess of 70 miles. This was achieved by using a 16" barrel that was lined down to 8" with an enlarged breech that took a 13.5" cartridge. The gun was manned by the Royal Marine Siege Regiment.

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