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Realjambo
02-18-2008, 12:44 PM
Some of you will know that Jambo Towers is on the South Coast of England, very close to Brighton that is on the GWX map. There's a rich WW2 history here with Anti-Aircraft pill boxes still dotted around and other relics of a bygone era.

Including this little fellow, a U-Boat Searchlight Station during WW2, who can be found at the end of my beach:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/UBOATSEARCHLIGHT2.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/UBOATSEARCHLIGHT7.jpg

Pretty well placed, given the view from just standing next to it at ground level:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/UBOATSEARCHLIGHT3.jpg

What's more - He's a film star too! He features in this film, which starred 'Dracula' Christopher Lee:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/battleV1.jpg

Here he is, back in 1957, playing a German Watch Tower:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/searchlighttowerfilm.jpg

And this is from a local website for my town, from WW2, of him illuminating the English Channel and keeping those U-Boats mad enough to try a Channel run out of the harbour here:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/searchlight2.jpg

... I'm very proud! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif It got me thinking that there must be other forum members that WW2 relics near to them - post 'em up! Let's see them http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Celeon999
02-18-2008, 02:02 PM
Very interesting RJ http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

History is everywhere around us. We often just dont recognize it or dont ask. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif


The great Christopher Lee seems to have been in every second movie made in that last 60 years. (Beginning with 1948)

Check his filmography on wikipedia, its unbelievable in how many movies he took part. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

I wonder why he isnt Sir Christopher Lee by now ? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif

He also speaks fluent italian , spanish and german.

He did voice work for the german version of the cult status cartoon movie "The last unicorn" and he speaks with no english accent at all. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif In fact, if one would'nt know he would think german is his native language. Never heard anything like it before.

Christopher Lee filmography @ wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_lee#Filmography)

Kaleun1961
02-18-2008, 02:12 PM
Neat thread theme, RJ! I have some conventional photographs I shot with a film camera years ago when I last visited Newfoundland. I travelled in the St. John's area, a very important base during WW2. There are still gunports facing out to sea, which guarded the harbour entrance; some of the old guns are still in place. I photographed these; should get out my scanner later and post them.

Shame to see, though, how local pillocks, the bane of civilization everywhere, have defaced the site with graffiti. I swear sometimes, that if I ever caught one of those punks in action, I'd strip him nude, spray paint his whole body and then insert the empty can up a very private and constricted orifice. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_mad.gif

Still, I would suppose that the pillocks in question had no idea that site was an important part of your local history.

VikingGrandad
02-18-2008, 05:55 PM
Very interesting indeed RJ! Thanks for sharing the photos. I've never heard of U-boat searchlight stations before.

RJ, in a recent edition of a magazine I subscribe to called 'Britain at War', there was a photo of a recently restored home defence tank traps in your area - do you know of them? If not, I'll try to find the article for you.

There's a surprising number of WW2 relics in the UK. Many of the surviving pill boxes and other defence structures are detailed on this website:

http://www.pillboxesuk.co.uk/

(the owner has published a book on the subject too)


Here's a few similar sites I've got bookmarked:

http://bunkersite.com/

http://www.bunkertours.co.uk/

http://site.voila.fr/bunkers

StgShultz
02-18-2008, 08:48 PM
"Shame to see, though, how local pillocks, the bane of civilization everywhere, have defaced the site with graffiti. I swear sometimes, that if I ever caught one of those punks in action, I'd strip him nude, spray paint his whole body and then insert the empty can up a very private and constricted orifice"

Local business man here confronted a punk and ended sticking him with a knife and killing him.
Poor begger is now up for murder - luckily the jury of peers will most likely find him innocent.
That'll teach them a lesson.

geoffwessex
02-18-2008, 09:23 PM
Christopher Lee has another acting link with submarines.....
A round of applause for anybody to tell me what it is/was.

Messervy
02-18-2008, 11:35 PM
Originally posted by VikingGrandad:

Here's a few similar sites I've got bookmarked:

http://bunkersite.com/

http://www.bunkertours.co.uk/

http://site.voila.fr/bunkers

Great links VG...... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/784.gif I just spent a sleepless night, now what? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Celeon999
02-19-2008, 01:31 AM
Originally posted by geoffwessex:
Christopher Lee has another acting link with submarines.....
A round of applause for anybody to tell me what it is/was.


Hmmmm.... He was aboard a japanese submarine in Spielberg's "1941 The night the rising sun fell on hollywood" !

VikingGrandad
02-19-2008, 05:57 AM
Originally posted by Messervy:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by VikingGrandad:

Here's a few similar sites I've got bookmarked:

http://bunkersite.com/

http://www.bunkertours.co.uk/

http://site.voila.fr/bunkers

Great links VG...... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/784.gif I just spent a sleepless night, now what? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Glad to be of service! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Dinish
02-19-2008, 07:00 AM
@StgShultz
I'm not sure what a 'punk' is and why being one makes it alright to be killed? Was he/she spray painting a building? The whole thing sounds extreme to me.

Realjambo
02-19-2008, 08:39 AM
Originally posted by VikingGrandad:
Very interesting indeed RJ! Thanks for sharing the photos. I've never heard of U-boat searchlight stations before.

RJ, in a recent edition of a magazine I subscribe to called 'Britain at War', there was a photo of a recently restored home defence tank traps in your area - do you know of them? If not, I'll try to find the article for you.

There's a surprising number of WW2 relics in the UK. Many of the surviving pill boxes and other defence structures are detailed on this website:

http://www.pillboxesuk.co.uk/

(the owner has published a book on the subject too)


Here's a few similar sites I've got bookmarked:

http://bunkersite.com/

http://www.bunkertours.co.uk/

http://site.voila.fr/bunkers

Great links VG! Thanks for sharing. Some fascinating photo's - I'm a sucker for all that 'abandoned' stuff. Where are these Tank Traps you speak of?

StgShultz
02-19-2008, 11:47 AM
Dinish, yes he was caught spraying a fence or building and yes it was extreme. However these punks are known to threaten to kill the families of people that catch them and it is easy to see how it got out of hand.
Better 1 dead tagger than a land owner who is trying to protect his property

M0ttie
02-19-2008, 03:08 PM
Better 1 dead tagger than a land owner who is trying to protect his property
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/agreepost.gif

Realjambo
02-19-2008, 03:21 PM
We are in danger of drifting off topic here. Graffiti / Tagging is not the subject of this thread (But it is very wrong!) http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

VikingGrandad
02-19-2008, 04:22 PM
RJ, I found the article http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c188/VikingG/0ad8ebe0.jpg

Do you know the place?

By the way, the web address in the text is wrong - they missed the 'l' off the end:

http://www.lancingindependent.co.uk/beach-green.html

Just a thought: pillboxes.co.uk doesn't have that searchlight station listed - maybe the guy who runs the site would be interested in using the photos you took?

geoffwessex
02-19-2008, 04:37 PM
OK, not really helping to bring this thread back on-topic, but the Christopher Lee submarine connection.....

Celeon999 had a go, but......

Christopher Lee played the skipper of the Tuna in "Cockleshell Heroes". In fact the Tuna, a T Class boat of course, was 'played' by an unknown S Class boat, possibly the Scythian (which had also played the Seraph in "The Man Who Never Was" at around the same time).