Shore Battery in Action, Dover at War 1942 Video, Kent, United Kingdom

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John Latter on June 17, 2007

A frame from the video/film 'Dover 1942' (alt 'Dover Front Line') showing a shore battery similar to St Martin's Battery on the Western Heights.

Compare the above with St Martin's Battery's No.1 Gun Position and No.2 Gun Position.

Dover in World War Two: 1942 (1) is a ten minute British Ministry of Information film, released by the US Office of War Information, and narrated by the American journalist, Edward R. Murrow.

The whole video can be seen at Dover in World War Two: 1942 or choose one of the other pre-selected entry points:

Dunkirk Evacuation 0:00:40

Winston Churchill 0:01:22

The Mayor 0:05:49

Dover Town Hall 0:06:25

St Martin's Battery 'Look-A-Like' 0:07:03

Pencester Gardens 0:09:41

In 1942, Dover was in that part of Kent known as 'Hellfire Corner'.

The 5 stills/frames in this series are:

Dover Castle

Pencester Gardens

Shore Battery

Town Centre (Center)

Town Hall

(1) Original titles: Dover (1942) or Dover Front Line.

Standard Info:

The building of St Martin's Battery began circa 1870 to counter the threat of a French invasion. The Battery was then 're-modelled' in 1940 during the Second World War.

1870 construction is identified by yellow brickwork, that of 1940 by red.

St Martin's Battery is only a very small part of the fortifications on this part of the North Downs - click on Western Heights and then check the tag list for all the locations covered (eg Drop Redoubt, Grand Shaft, North Entrance, North Center Bastion - more will be added as time goes on).

Work began on Dover's Western Heights fortifications in the 1770s and was intensified, first in the early 1800s because of Napoleon I (Napoleon Bonaparte), and again in the mid-Nineteenth Century because of Napoleon III (originally known as Charles Louis Napoleon Bonaparte).

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