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Report - Bolton-on-Dearne Anti-Aircraft Battery, South Yorks - June 2012

Muttley

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Visited with Jazzywheelz.

This site is, for some obscure reason, a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

Station H17 was established in late-1942 to protect Sheffield's heavy industry following the blitz of 1940/41.

It housed four 3.7 inch anti-aircraft guns arranged in a semi-circle of emplacements around a central command post.

Emplacement
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Gun mount
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Taken from on top of one of the emplacements - somewhere out there are another 3 emplacements and the command post
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The central command building would have had an identification telescope, a predictor and height finder, which fed information to the plotting room within the command post.

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The command post is flooded
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The battery was manned by 250 men and women from 626 (m) HAA Battery, 646 Battery and the Auxiliary Territorial Service.

Nissan Hut for storage of ammunition
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Apparently the battery never fired a single shot and in 1944 the battery workers were deployed to coastal batteries to defend against German Doodlebugs.

Not worth a trip even if you're local!​
 
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