A view of the old ammo store facing north-west. Its appearance belies its considerable historical importance. It would have played its part in the build-up to the D-Day landings of June 1944. Wiltshire has long had military significance and this is true to this day. While obtaining this image I was able to hear the sound of artillery fire from Salisbury Plain about 30 kilometres to the south-west.
This is a good picture. I can see the building as it stood during the war years with the many people around it. This jogs the imagination.
I know I rode through this area on my bike, back then I was not looking so much at what was around me.
Thanks JB. During the build-up to D-Day the forest was full of ammunition. Seems the Germans never found out about it and, apart from one or two instances where German bombers jettisoned a few bombs, it was never attacked. There were two tragic accidents where some of the stored ammunition exploded, one just before the end of the war and the other in 1946 but with only three fatalities, all soldiers. There was one incidence of murder when a U.S. soldier killed a local girl. He was hanged at Shepton Mallet military prison.
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Photo taken in Savernake, Wiltshire SN8, UK
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