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Uncovering the secrets of the Grand Slam bomb

Archaeologists from the New Forest National Park Authority and Wessex Archaeology recently surveyed the Ashley Walk testing site of the largest conventional bomb ever dropped in the UK.

The bomb, which was 26 feet long and weighed 22,000 pounds, was designed by British inventor Sir Barnes Neville Wallis and codenamed 'Grand Slam'.

The weapon was tested in the New Forest in 1945, and within hours it was being used in strategic bombing raids against key infrastructure targets in Germany. grand slam bomb

(Crown copyright)

As part of our New Forest Remembers World War II project we are using high tech surveying equipment to map the site of the bomb test, in the hope that we will find out more about this historically important test.

On the fourth day of the survey we invited members of the media to Ashley Walk to see the survey taking place and chat to a few of the archaeologists involved. It was a very busy and rewarding day, with fantastic coverage from TV, radio and national newspapers – follow the links below to see some of the articles and videos.

I also took the opportunity to interview Alistair Black from Wessex Archaeology and volunteer Henry Cole as part of a short video below – give it a watch and find out a little more about the fascinating story of the Grand Slam bomb.

Media links

BBC South Today


The Independent

The Daily Mail

This entry was posted by Matt Stroud on Wednesday 29/01/2014


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