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Report - Sherrifmuir D-Day Atlantic Wall

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by Erchie, Jul 16, 2007.

  1. Erchie

    Erchie Guest
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    ok people, first report so it might be a bit rough.
    for previous discussions on this see http://www.28dayslater.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=16699

    The story so far (edited):

    During WW2 there was a 'Dry-Shod' rehearsal exercise for D-Day on Sherrifmuir near Stirling. It utilised a previous WW1 training ground, although there is no evidence of this. The training area consisted of a 70m long wall and some machine gun bunkers. there are some bunkers which would, at the time, have been mostly underground and one that is overground.
    There is lots of sand being kicked up by moles which is unusual at this height although there are known raised beaches in the area of Stirling.
    The constructions themselves are in a bad way (over exposure to explosives!) and most of the underground stuff has been filled with either water or bog.
    Walking around the area, you can see there was more stuff around by the amount of concrete reinforcing bars and rods sticking out the ground. there are quite a few suspicious humps.

    The pics then:
    the general layout roughly sketched.
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    Bunker 1 and detail
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    mountings have octagonal inner edge
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    looking toward the wall
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    looking back to collapsed bunker 2
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    note the ironwork sticking out
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    Rusting barbed wire
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    inside bunker 1
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    the wall north end
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    showing the ditch in front of the wall
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    behind centre ish
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    there are three breaches in the wall, note the debris which was behind me as well
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    above the breaches
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    from the south end
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    from the hillside
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    bunker 3. i spotted this from the hill as well, walked right past it!
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    and closer
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    lots of this
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    bunker 4
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    bunker 5
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    through the shelhole
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    interior rear
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    interior front
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    there is a lump i think is another bunker but it is covered in heather/earth and i couldn't get it to stand out in the pic so i decided not to post it.
    there are several trench/ditch remains which are visible but not sharply defined. from the hillside it is easier to see the heather patterns which have some serious angled edges.
     

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