Vickers and Armstrong 38.1 cm gun, Bateria de Cenizas, Costa Calida, Spain

Squealia

Crediton, United Kingdom

Artist's Description

Bateria de Cenizas, On high hilltops either side of the city Cartagena, are pairs of very impressive British built Vickers and Armstrong 38.1 cm guns (in the style of the ‘Guns of Navarone’) which were used to protect the approches to Cartagena in more recent times. Built around 1930 these Baterias are now abandoned. These guns included four of the largest artillery pieces ever made – huge 38.1 Vickers guns with a range of some 20 miles. These guns remain in place, two at the Castillitos battery, at Cabo Tiñoso, near Puerto de Mazarron, & two here at the Cenizas battery, near La Manga Club. Up in the open air, the mean and menacing guns point seaward and they would have been virtually impossible to spot from any distance, with their low profile and camouflage. I have included these images as you get a real feel to how big these guns are with people around them! These guns are about 220m above sea level, which although not a high altitude, is quite high above the sea as it is a sharp drop over the edge!

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