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Photographic Print

Uploaded on:
2011-08-19 19:11:00.0
File Size:
1.21 MB
2399 x 1816 pixels
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Digital Media Bank ID: 16497
Description: Monochrome photographic print of camouflage nets lowered in front of an oil tank on Madeira Drive, Brighton. Note on reverse of photograph states 'Op / Pluto or to set sea on fire?'. From the Local History collection. August 1944.
Categories: Timeline/ World War Two (1939-1945), Collections / Local & Social History, Learning Themes/ WW2, Learning Themes/ WW2/ Seafront Defences  

Copyright & Re-use

Credit Line: Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove
Licence: CC BY-SA

Object or Artwork info

Type (of Object or Artwork): Photographic Print
Title (of Artwork / Object): Photographic Print
Date Created (of Object / Artwork): August 1944
Description (Object or Artwork): This black and white photograph shows two oil tanks beneath the colonnaded walkway on Madeira Drive, Brighton. The tanks are hidden by camouflage nets, one of which has been partially lowered. A sign to the right of the tanks indicates the streets that can be reached by the neighbouring stairs: Marine Parade, Kings Cliff, Paston Place, Eastern Terrace. During the early years of the Second World War, Britain was faced with the threat of German invasion. The British retreat from Dunkirk and the French surrender of June 1940 left the south coast dangerously exposed. Brighton's beaches were closed at 5pm on 2 July 1940, and defence measures were erected along the seafront. Mines were placed along the beach and barbed wire barricades protected the front. The oil tanks pictured here were probably intended to set the sea on fire. In the event of invasion, oil could be sprayed onto the surface of the sea. When ignited, this would create an extra level of defence from marine troops. Following the success of the D-Day landings in June 1944, the threat of invasion was lifted. Work soon began to remove many of the beach defences. The Borough Surveyor's department oversaw this work, and took several photographs of the defences prior to their removal.
Subject tags:
Brighton & Hove
Other Keywords: local history, social history, pluto, madeira drive, camouflagem oil tank

File info

Original Filename: dmas_ha920128_d02_ab10.jpg
Size: 1.21 MB; 2399 x 1816 pixels; 203 x 154 mm (print at 300 DPI); 635 x 480 mm (screen at 96 DPI);
Orientation: Landscape

Administrative info

Linked Accession no.: HA920128