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WORLD WAR TWO

WORLD WAR TWO

The Germans had used what were possibly tourist photographs to identify the defences on the Island back in 1938 and as international tension increased in 1939 the British Government finally realised war with Germany was becoming a distinct probability. The jetty on...
THE 1930’s

THE 1930’s

At the beginning of the 1930’s people still couldn’t imagine another War happening. Drake’s Island sole occupant was a caretaker, Paddy Flood and locally ideas were discussed about Drake’s Island being leased to Plymouth Council. The popular scheme was for a public...
DRAKE’S ISLAND –WORLD WAR ONE

DRAKE’S ISLAND –WORLD WAR ONE

By 1915 the garrison strength had increased to around 300. The Island had 9 guns separated into 3 Battery’s of 3 guns each. 3 x 12 pounder quick fire guns were on the Western Battery and the baseplate for one of them can still be seen. Another 3 x 12 Pounder Quick...
THE START OF WORLD WAR ONE

THE START OF WORLD WAR ONE

The last major exercises to test the defences involving the Garrison was a Torpedo Boat and Destroyer attack on Devonport. The Gunners successfully attacked the targets illuminated by the Royal Engineers and it was judged the defences were ready. Tensions had been...