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Apostle Battery Table Bay Fire Command

Author(s): L.A. Crook

Journal: Scientia Militaria : South African Journal of Military Studies
ISSN 2224-0020

Volume: 20;
Issue: 3;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Apostle Battery | Navy's coast artillery units | Simons Town | British Commonwealth port defences

Although it had been agreed at an Imperial Defence Committee meeting in London in June, 1933, that South African coast defences should be modernised at a cost of £130 000 – which today seems a quite ridiculous amount - none of the recommendations had been completed when World War II broke out more than six years later. The recommendations included the conversion of two 9.2-inch guns at Simons Town and two at Cape Town on 15-degree mountings to 35-degree mountings, which would greatly increase their range, and the emplacement of two 35-degree 9.2-inch guns to replace the two obsolete 6-inch quick-firing guns in a so-called state of care and preservation, unmanned and gathering sand, on the Bluff at Durban.

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