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Report - Warnings sirens UKWMO

Discussion in 'ROC Posts' started by Mithotyn, May 10, 2013.

  1. Mithotyn

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    Dear ladies and gentlemen,

    i am a german historian regarding the german "Warndienst", which was a very similar organisation as the UKWMO during the Cold War.

    As in the UK, in germany there were also nationwide siren installations for warning about airraids and nuclear fallout. Therefore, the german company HÖRMANN developed a special high power compressed air driven and battery supplied siren.

    In the video "Sound an alarm" of 1971, i found two short sequences showing one of these german siren type. Here are some links to Youtube:

    Sound An Alarm (1971) - United Kingdom Warning and Monitoring Organization - YouTube
    Sound An Alarm (1971) - United Kingdom Warning and Monitoring Organization - YouTube

    It is remarkable that the video shows just this non UK type of siren. The reason could be that the makers of the video wanted to show this kind of siren as a technically mature and advanced part of engineering, superior to the "old" motor sirens. (The same reason as they were installed in germany.)

    This photo shows one of this siren located in germany:

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    Does someone of you know where this siren was located? Or do you know someone who can answer this question?
    As shown in the trailer, the film was made with help of the ROC Groups Horsham and Oxford.

    It would be very interesting to know how many sirens of this type was exported to the UK and if some of them are still existing. It could also be possibly that this single siren was installed only for testing and comparison purpose, to determine if the UK should buy more of them to upgrade the siren network.

    Please let me know if you can help me in finding more information about this topic.

    Thanks in advance!
    Joachim Schmidt
     

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