By Peter Grose
In may perhaps of 1942, the warfare appeared very far-off to such a lot Sydneysiders - until eventually the evening the 3 eastern midget submarines crept into the harbour and triggered an unforgettable evening of mayhem, excessive farce, chaos and braveness. A ground-breaking new examine probably the most notable tales of Australia at warfare.
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Qxd 7/7/06 4:05 PM Page 33 By 1864 a number of guns had been turned round within Devil’s Tongue Battery to cover the harbour area. The vegetation of the Upper Rock has now been allowed to grow back and is a nature reserve. (Courtesy of the Gibraltar Museum) d s nt of at s h o of d eof y o spot by an attacker. This led to the construction of Jones’s, Civil Hospital and Raglan’s Batteries. Later these were joined by Gardiner’s, Queen Victoria’s, Lady Augusta’s, Prince of Wales and Cumberland Batteries.
As the war against Napoleon progressed, Gibraltar’s importance also grew as a source of funding for Wellington’s peninsular campaign. Taking advantage of a loophole in the Continental System, Napoleon’s attempt to financially squeeze Britain out of the war by banning trade between countries under his control, Gibraltar was able to continue trading given her status as a free port. Over the first 15 years of the 19th century Gibraltar’s population of 5,000 tripled. , of c h s s e e y. o Looking down the barrel of one of the two 6in.
6) Artillerymen moving a shell from the shell store. (7) Section of the gun emplacement showing how the gun was loaded. qxd 7/7/06 4:05 PM Page 40 The construction of the Dockyard Just prior to the start of the main works for the Dockyard and associated facilities in 1894, the naval establishment at Gibraltar was small and antiquated, having developed little since the days of Nelson. It consisted of the New Mole, the small Naval Yard, the Victualling Yard, the Mount, the Royal Naval Hospital and the Rosia Residences.
A Very Rude Awakening: The night the Japanese midget subs came to Sydney Harbour by Peter Grose