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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.




Operation Crossbow - Heavy Sites - Watten

The 'Heavy Sites' were the large bomb proof installations in northern France associated with the German V Weapon programme.
Watten was the first of the sites to be spotted on photographic reconnaissance in May 1943 and showed that some kind of excavations had begun in Foret d'Eperlecques. Ten days after the RAF attack on Peenemunde, in August 1943, 185 Flying Fortresses of the US Eighth Air Force attacked the Watten site. This had been timed on the advice of Sir Malcolm McAlpine, the civil engineer, to occur at the most critical stage of construction - when the concrete had been poured but not hardened - and resulted in the Germans abandoning that part of the site.
By the end of the year they began construction work had begun on new and stronger buildings to the south of the site. When the site had almost been completed it was targetted by the RAF who used 'Tallboy' bombs, designed by Barnes Wallis.
The site was eventually abandoned by the Germans in July 1944, following the Allied invasion of northern France in early June.