Guns 'n' Roses

trobe

Trowbridge, United Kingdom

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I was struck by the colourful contrast made by these Naval guns in a rose garden in front of the Imperial War Museum, London, not to mention the obvious contrast between the symbols of love and death!

For the buffs, the guns are two BL 15inch Mk 1 Naval Guns, a type fitted to British Battleships through both World Wars. These two come from HMS Ramilles and Resolution (L & R) and those yellow shells weigh 1920 lbs (871kg) each, according to Wikipedia.

I have a personal connection to one of the guns, as my great – uncle Aub was a Royal Marine on the Ramilles, serving in the Mediterranean and Indian Ocean, and won his DSM in the land assault on Madagascar. Family scuttlebutt was that he was on board when the ship was torpedoed, but reading the descriptions of the battle, that seems unlikely, though he was probably aboard when she limped in to Durban for repairs.

Canon EOS 350 D with std 18 – 55mm lens.

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