Defensive power at Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre has dramatically increased, thanks to a local collector.
Guy Anderson has loaned two artefacts which span the decades of military history and the two world wars.
One is a fine example of the ubiquitous Vickers water cooled machine gun, used for decades by the British military. The deactivated machine – originally manufactured in Australia – is on display alongside another product of the famous Vickers company, a ‘K’ or ‘Gas Operated’ machine gun which was recovered from Sunderland T9044.
The Sunderland sank in the Haven Waterway nearly 75 years ago and its Vickers gun is among many artefacts from T9044 on view at the Heritage Centre.
There is an intriguing historical trail behind the substantial part of a World War I French tank, also loaned by Guy. This is the turret mantlet and gun barrel from a Renault FT17 tank, which was produced in large numbers.
In the Second World War many of these tank turrets were incorporated into Hitler’s ‘Atlantic Wall’, created to defend Occupied Europe from invasion.
The tank part was located on the island of Jersey and now ‘guards’ the entrance to the Heritage Centre.
Guy is restoring the 1850s Western Gun Tower, one of two unique towers built to protect the Royal Dockyard at Pembroke Dock.