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Following the advice of UK and Scottish Governments, NCAP has now returned to limited operations in our offices.

We are now able to process orders for not-yet-digitised aerial imagery, to revised delivery timescales.

Essential Maintenance

HES is currently undertaking essential maintenance on our web services. This will limit access to services in the following ways:

- Subscription access for HES online services will be unavailable (Scran, NCAP)

- Image purchasing options will be limited (Canmore, Britain from Above, Scran, NCAP)

- Any enhanced services which require a log in will be unavailable (My Canmore, Britain from Above contributions, Scran contribute)


General access to these services will all continue. Enquiries will still be able to be submitted.

We anticipate services to be restored from Monday 1st February 2021.




D-Day - Gun Batteries

In support of German defenders of the Atlantic Wall coastline, a number of reinforced concrete emplacements were built to house heavy artillery pieces. These were situated behind the beaches, where they could fire upon invading troops as well as ships.
In planning for the D-Day invasion, Allied photo-reconnaissance aircraft covered the coastal hinterlands of France, Belgium and the Netherlands and photographic interpreters carefully identified and recorded the position and state of construction of gun emplacements and their defences. In the weeks before D-Day, these batteries were subjected to heavy aerial bombardment by Allied aircraft.