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Author Topic: Mallorca, coastal artillery museum - Palma de Mallorca (Spain)  (Read 4423 times)
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« on: 15 May 2015, 13:24:51 »
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Located just outside Palma de Mallorcas harbour you can find a small museum.
The entrance is free.
The museum handles about the Mallorcan histoy and in special the coastal defence.

Map with artillery and fortifications
Mallorca has been occupied by many foreign forces dating back to the Roman era.
A huge menace to the island though were pirates.
Pirates use to roam the coast and would go in the towns to plunder them.
A series of towers was build along the coast line which could communicate with eachother using fire and smoke signals.

Guardtower at Palma.
During 1500/1600 a fortres was build in the harbor, a long wall around the harbors edge to.
Guns defended the entrence to the harbor.
Throughout the years the type of guns changed as well as their calibre. The largest gun field was a 152mm Vickers gun.
At the second world war the fortresses were occupied by 5 regiments of artillery in total.

Gun with view over the bay
The museum has a range of guns on display as well as firing radars, equipment used by the troops and a large collection of weapons donated by a collector of arms.
Here are some pictures of guns and mortars:

Mortar to test amount of powder needed to fire a shell

Another mortar

Naval gun 1500/1600 era

105/22 Field howitser

one of the two 88mm's on display

coastal defense gun

Centre plaza old gun
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