I think Steve has summed up my reaction pretty well! What you can't see too well in the pictures due to their size is that there's a fair bit of WW2 kit in amongst that lot. There's a picture of an artillery piece dial that is clearly dated 1940 and there's a fair few DPM's and mags in those heaps of small arms, and undoubtedly some of those tripods and mortars will be WW2 vintage. I'm led to believe that the finned rocket element is the front section of an SA-3 SAM - you can see larger sections of other more complete missiles in other pictures.
Anyone able to ID any of the artillery pieces?
The frustrating thing is aboslutely no-one is bothered about the stuff and it will just sit there forever....and I had my little souvenirs confiscated! There was talk of a contractor coming to collect it all for scrap, hence the rather large boilers also on the site but apparently it never happened.
One of the more amusing aspects of my liaison visit to this location was the ranges. They are of a fairly standard 300m, 200m, 100m format as per most UK ranges with large earthen banks enclosing 3 sides and around 20-30 firing points. When I enquired how well disciplined the ANA were on the ranges I was told "Easy, the guys at 100m are prone, the ones at 200m kneeling and the ones at 300m standing - ALL AT THE SAME TIME!". Apparently sometimes they even have vehicle mounted weapons firing over the heads of the standing guys! Unbelievably they have very few casualties. Likewise, on their counter-IED training areas and mine clearence they use only live munitions - focuses their attention more apparently......
Just to show you it's not all old relics, here's a couple of snaps I took at a CSE (Combined Services Entertainment) show.