Ordnance Depots

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Ordnance Depots

Nightjar
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Nightjar
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Joined: April 22nd, 2007, 1:07 pm

November 25th, 2015, 5:38 am #1

With the ability of new detectors it is a wonder none of these have been located or was all of it retrieved after hostilities ended?



WWII sites in the Wheatbelt
During WWII major ordnance (supply) and ammunition depots were located away from the coast by the defence strategic planners. Access to infrastructure in the form of road, rail, water and communications were obviously key considerations. They also had to be sited sufficiently inland to minimise the risk of air observation or attack from enemy aircraft carriers.
The water pipeline became central with bases to be found to its north and south in an arc exceeding 150 miles inland from Perth. Sites were selected and developed at Nungarin, Nokaning, Merredin, Booraan and Ardath to store extensive tonnages of munitions and supplies for army and air force use.
Good luck & safe travels
Peter





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