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Report - highworth anti artillery battery

tommo

shire lad born & breeding
Regular User
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another one in the area so i thought i would pop down and have a look, during the war's, swindon had a major part to play in the supply of parts, including tank parts and guns all being built at the GWR railways and with south marston area building alot of the planes for the war also

there is a nice line of heavy artillery batteries along the north of swindon including blunsdon,chiseldon and wanbourgh, and many more up towards gloucester way

english heritage record this as being a heavy battery
Site of Second World War heavy anti aircraft battery at Eastrop Farm, Highworth. It was listed as unarmed in 1942.
but after a little look around its more like a light artillery battery, but to be fair the bunker part is in mint condition, all but a little floaded, the roof is good

what is nice is that most of the gun mounts are still there in the floor of the 4 gun pits and some nice use of drain pipes for ammo tunnels out the bunker

also was a nice walk in the lush sun even if i did get a shock of the electric fence when i was stepping over it lol


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the outhouse, normally have a wood or coal heater in it from previous batterys, some have toilets aswell
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a good 2ft of water, looks like astroturf lol
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i am guessing the drain pipes have been used as ammo holes to pass through
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artillery mounts
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