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Grigork01 Aug 2017 6:39 a.m. PST

While enjoying the summer holiday we popped into the Llandudno museum. It's a small affair with lots packed in , taking you through the story of the town and the local history society. The layout was a little muddled in my opinion but I know they are currently looking in to redesigning it all.

As a wargamer the following things caught my eye.
thewargamingmegalomaniac.blogspot.co.uk

This gave me ideas about a game with a hill fort by the sea

Home guard tunic

My favourite section was the WW1 and WW2 room which took you through a time line events during the wars. 7000 were billeted in Llandudno in WW1 and in WW2 government departments moved there namely the tax office, as did a coastal artillery school commanding the Menai Straits with too my surprise a radar station.

There was no layout of the artillery school, but I know the area and they were on the Great Orme. The guns were on top off a cliff, behind them another sharp slope/cliff was the observation building and above on the top was a converted golf club with the radar station. Gives me ideas for Guns of Navarone style game with either Germans (naturally to neutralise them, so U-Boats can sink either the convoys that gathered off the coast or the mulberry harbours built at the mouth of the Conwy estuary) or a Very British Civil War theme

Grigork01 Aug 2017 6:40 a.m. PST

While enjoying the summer holiday we popped into the Llandudno museum. It's a small affair with lots packed in , taking you through the story of the town and the local history society. The layout was a little muddled in my opinion but I know they are currently looking in to redesigning it all.

As a wargamer the following things caught my eye.
thewargamingmegalomaniac.blogspot.co.uk

This gave me ideas about a game with a hill fort by the sea

Home guard tunic

My favourite section was the WW1 and WW2 room which took you through a time line events during the wars. 7000 were billeted in Llandudno in WW1 and in WW2 government departments moved there namely the tax office, as did a coastal artillery school commanding the Menai Straits with too my surprise a radar station.

There was no layout of the artillery school, but I know the area and they were on the Great Orme. The guns were on top off a cliff, behind them another sharp slope/cliff was the observation building and above on the top was a converted golf club with the radar station. Gives me ideas for Guns of Navarone style game with either Germans (naturally to neutralise them, so U-Boats can sink either the convoys that gathered off the coast or the mulberry harbours built at the mouth of the Conwy estuary) or a Very British Civil War theme

GonerGonerGoner02 Aug 2017 2:51 a.m. PST

The artillery school was simply that. A training establishment relocated from Shoeburyness on the south coast. I don't think defence of the Menai Straight was in their thoughts, or needed. It was just a secluded spot to use searchlights, blast off big guns at target vessels in the Conwy estuary and develop radar well away from the Germans.

link

Grigork04 Aug 2017 3:37 a.m. PST

Great link. Thanks for that. Interestingly a BBC program either Coast or a BBC Wales style version mentioned that the guns were fired once in anger at a U-boat. Where they got their info I have no idea.

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