A forest fire has revealed the remains of an “Eire” sign on the irish coast that warned of the second world War as a bomber crew that they were introduced on neutral Irish territory (Irish Air Corps)
A huge sign of the second world War, warning bomber of the crew, that they were introduced on neutral Irish airspace, has been revealed thanks to the coast for a wildfire.
Sky News reports that a large gorse fire last month revealed the massive signal at Bray Head on Ireland’s east coast. The board says the word “Ireland”, the Irish word for Ireland.
Designed to signal the Allied and German crews that they were introduced on neutral territory, the sign is one of dozens that were built around the irish coast, most of which are no longer visible.
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Built of stones on a headland, the Bray’s Head a sign had been hidden for years by the dense undergrowth, according to Sky News. However, recent aerial photographs taken by a Garda (Irish Police) Air Support Unit clearly show the wartime signal.
The sign was built on a headland of Bray Head, County Wicklow (Irish Air Corps)
“Hurry up Bray Head exposed amazing World War 2 places. The fire exposed the old Ireland 8 character, that is in a reasonable state,” tweeted the Irish Air Corps.
Fire on Bray Head exposed amazing World War 2 places. The fire exposed the old Ireland 8 character,that is in a reasonable state. Photos courtesy of the Garda Air Support Unit, which is a mixed unit is carried out by Air Corps Pilots and the Garda specialists. @gardainfo @opwireland pic.twitter.com/4vvg3HIjQv
— Irish Air Corps (@IrishAirCorps) August 4, 2018
“We see this around the coastline, but not yet seen,” tweeted Garda Traffic.
A Garda Air Support Unit crew spotted the fire on Bray Head has revealed an “EIRE” sign dates from the Second World War.
We see this around the coastline, but not yet seen. pic.twitter.com/I6cwIrIori
— An Garda Siochana (@GardaTraffic) August 4, 2018
The vague outline of a white square stone that once framed the signal can also be made in a number of the images.
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The Garda Air Support Unit is operated by the Irish Air Corps and the Garda specialists.
Dozens of signs dotted the irish coast during the second world War, but now only a few are visible (Irish Air Corps)
Large signs, such as the one of Bray Head dotted the Irish coast during the second world War. The signals are made in 1942 and 1943, according to the website Ireland Markers, to clearly identify Irish territory.
Ireland was neutral during the second world War and the authorities wanted to clearly identify Irish territory of the Allied and German pilots. The German Luftwaffe bombed neighbouring Northern Ireland, during the war, focusing on Belfast in particular. The city of the shipbuilding industry was an important part of the British war effort, and Belfast was also home to the production of military aircraft.
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“Today, we take a high-technology navigation aids for granted. In the 1940s, GPS does not exist,” says Ireland Marks. Approximately 85 of the signs were built, the website added. The group has more than 15 of the plates on the west coast of ireland. “Eight of them are still to be seen on the headland in Donegal, where the largest number of them have survived,” he said.
This summer’s heat wave in the British Isles has shown that a host with a long hidden historical sites that suddenly become visible by the arid earth.
In Wales, a number of archaeological sites have suddenly appeared in the fields of ripening crops and rain-starved grasslands. Seen from the air, prehistoric enclosures, Roman buildings and old cemeteries have become visible throughout the country.
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The eerie outlines of long-vanished buildings and monuments are to be seen in a number of places. In Lancashire, in the North of England, for example, a “spirit garden” is published on the site of Gawthorpe Hall, which dates back to the 17th century.
Other sites visible in England have a “phantom mansion” in Nottinghamshire, and the outline of a World War II airfield in Hampshire, says the BBC.
In Ireland, aerial footage taken by a drone showed the remains of a previously unknown ‘henge’ or enclosure, Brú Na Bóinne, a World Heritage site in County Meath.
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