Peter Stubbs got all the answers correct although it is quite obvious that both YG and Icemoon knew the answers too.
From Peter Stubb's detailed and informative comments, you could tell that he is an expert on the subject of guns, batteries and cannons used in World War II.
|British gunners cleaning the gun barrel (IWM)|
|Publicity photo from WWII British War Office, showing off impressive size of Monster Guns (IWM)|
|The replica at Cosford Road, minus the "publicity models"|
Q1. The cannon in the above photo is a replica. Where is it sited? (Give the road name.)A1. Cosford Road
Q2. How many such guns were there orginally near this location and what were they collectively called?A2. Three guns and they were called the Johore Battery.
Q3. How many such guns were there in Singapore at that time?A3. Five.
Q4. What was the diameter of the shell (in inches) that the gun fired?A4. 15 inches.
The passage below is reproduced from the National Heritage Board's marker at the Cosford Road site.
|A close-up view of one of the "monster guns", 14 November 1941|
|A close-up view of the replica 69 years later - 15 November 2010|
The Johore Battery's three weapons were among Singapore's largest coastal guns. They were known as 15-inch guns, because 15 inches (38 cm) was the diameter of the shell they fired. Their gun barrels were 16.5 metres long and the shells stood 1.5 metres high. The guns were capable of hurling these shells at battleships over twenty miles away.
|[From left to right]: General Sir Archibald Wavell accompanying the C.F.D. Brigadier Curtis and the General Officer Commanding Singapore Fortress, Major-General Keith Simmons, touring Singapore's defences, c. 1941|
|Gunners "pulling through" the barrel of a "monster gun" after firing, c. 1941|
|One of the "monster guns" ready to "roar", 15 November 1941|