Churchill Barriers The consisting of thousands of large concrete blocks. were built on the orders of Winston Churchill early in the Second World War by Italian prisoners of war. shortly after HMS Royal Oak had been sunk by a German L7-boat in the great naval anchorage of Scapa Flow.
- Scapa Flow Latitude Geolocation 58.9000° N Longitude -3.0500° W
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These impregnable defences linked the mainland through the tiny islands of Glims Holm and Lamb Holm with Burray and South Ronaldsay, and shortly after the war a road was constructed on top of them giving easy access from the mainland to the southernmost point in the archipelago at Burwick, near Brough Ness. On Lamb Holm there is the remarkable little Italian Chapel built by the same prisoners of war out of waste materials inside a nissen hut. The interior is extremely beautiful and contains some remarkable freehand painting. The chapel has been carefully preserved and is well worth a visit.