Production was authorised in April 1937 and the first guns delivered in January 1938. The gun was constantly improved with the most important advance being the adoption of the Molins Fuze Setter which automatically set the fuze length and then loaded and fired the shell. Remote power control was introduced in 1944 and this along with advanced radar, predictors and proximity fuzes gave the gun a 82% sucess rate against the V1 missile. The gun was declared obsolete in 1959 when Heavy AA was replaced by missiles.
6 Herriott Drive
Brough with St Giles
New Members .
Since our last Newsletter I would like to welcome the following new members:
Ginge Worker, John Howe, Martin Sidwell, John ( Sandy ) Sanderson, Dave Burton
As reported earlier the Association has 140 paid members.
There are still quite a few of you who have asked for membership forms BUT have failed to return them!!!!
Could members try and recruit/enlist/cajole/ or by any other (legal means) try and get their former mates to join the Association!
I had one request for assistance over the past year and I am pleased to report that the case has been dealt with successfully.
If any of you know of any Gunner, who may require assistance, either financial or just advice then please let me know. All cases are treated in strict confidentiality.
Weapons 1947 - 93
Menden (Sauerland) is in the district Märkischer Kreis, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is located at the north end of the Sauerland near the Ruhr river and was the home to 50 Missile Regiment Royal Artillery until March 1993.
Menden's first churches were built in the 9th century. From 1180 on the area around Menden was part of the Cologne region, however, as it was on the border with the County of Mark, it was often fought over. In 1276, it received city rights. Industrialization started early: in 1695 needle production was the first industry, later followed by limestone products like cement. In 1816 Menden was included within Prussia, after being part of Hesse for 13 years. In 1975 the city was merged with several previously independent municipalities, thus it grew in area as well as population.
Situated near the river mouth of the Hönne, Menden has a population of almost 60,000. Characterized by its 725 + year history, it is nowadays a good mixture of tradition and modern age, history and progress, past and present. The face of Menden is characterized by the historical part of the town, with the St.-Vincenz-church and its lovingly renovated timber-framed houses, which are surrounded by the buildings from former epochs like the Wilhelminian time and the Art Nouveau as well as modern buildings.
The cherished townscape and the attractive surroundings with lots of forests, offering numerous recreation and sport facilities, made and still make Menden an alluring place. Lots of religious, cultural, carnival, sports and folk events bring Menden to life. In addition to a diversified cultural programme including performances, concerts, exhibitions and cabaret there are also a lot of pubs and restaurants which offer a break from daily routine. Not forgetting the pedestrian precinct with its outlets and cafés providing an invitation to go on a shopping spree in the traffic-calmed city centre.