Wartime Orkney Links

Scapa Flow Wrecks: Historic Wreck Site This website provides the definitive guide to the maritime archaeology and history of Scapa Flow.

Kitchener & HMS Hampshire Memorial Project This website was set up by Orkney Heritage Society to highlight their work to mark the 100th anniversary of the loss of HMS Hampshire with the refurbishment of the Kitchener Memorial at Marwick Head, Birsay, and the building of a new wall listing all 737 lost on 5 June 1916.

Scapa Flow Landscape Partnership Scheme The Scheme ran from 2009 to 2012, and delivered 48 projects including the establishment of the Flotta Wartime Trail and the refurbishment of Ness Battery in Stromness.

Aviation Research Group Orkney & Shetland Local amateur interest group specialising in the wartime aviation in the Orkney and Shetland Isles.

Hoy's Wartime Heritage An excellent resource developed as part of the Legacies of Conflict: Hoy & Walls Wartime Heritage Project, a community and visitor engagement initiative run by the Island of Hoy Development Trust 2013-14.

Churchill Speech Extract of a speech made by Churchill to Parliament on April 11th 1940 featuring defence of Scapa Flow. From independent website recording debates in Parliament between 1803 & 2005.

Fortress Orkney Project Information about the work of the Project on The Flotta Web Guide.

Their Past Your Future Scotland Reference to the Fortress Orkney Project in connection with TPYF Scotland.

Hetty Munro War Diary Extracts from the War Diary of the late Henrietta Munro hosted by the Caithness Community website.

J. Heslop-Harrison Autobiography Part 3 of his account of his wartime service entitled "The Mount". This features his time stationed in Orkney.

Kirkwall Royal British Legion Casualty lists and war memorials as recorded by the Royal British Legion (Kirkwall Branch).

Northquoy 12 pounder Coast Artillery Battery Photograph of 12 pounder ammunition lockers near North Halley, Deerness posted on the Geograph website and misidentified by the photographer.

RAF Netherbutton Radar Station Article devoted to RAF Netherbutton in Holm from amateur interest group Subterranea Britannica.

The Maritime & Coastguard Agency Features U-boat discoveries off Orkney.

The Scapa Flow Visitor Centre Excellent museum recounting the story of the Lyness Naval Base and Orkney at war.


U-47 Amateur interest website relating to U-47, the German U-Boat that sunk HMS Royal Oak in Scapa Flow.


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