I’m pleased to announce that at long last Volume 23 of the Journal of the Ordnance Society has been published. From the point of view of the HDC it contains a paper “The artillery of the Great War anti-invasion defences of the Swale area of Kent” by Alan Anstee a member of the HDC. This illustrated work is the culmination of several years research, both independently and as part of Kent County Council’s Swale 20th century Defence Project.
It is an analysis of the artillery that would have been available for home defence throughout the war. The role of the various guns is discussed, together with their range and the ammunition available, and also looks at the fire role assigned to many of the batteries both fixed and mobile. The topography of the area and the defences is discussed, as are the sources available and the command and a control.
Should anyone wish to obtain a copy the journal can be obtained from the Ordnance Society ISBN 0957-1698 website http://ordnancesociety.org.uk/