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Re: World War 2 Defences on Chatham Lines
« Reply #8 on: October 15, 2016, 20:33:27 »
The 6 air raid shelters show very clearly here

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Re: World War 2 Defences on Chatham Lines
« Reply #7 on: October 15, 2016, 16:28:16 »
I've also tried identifying some of these features on the 1946 aerial photo of Fort Amherst (circled in red), and noticed a few more features which may be associated with WW2. Can anyone shed any light on these?



1) is it possible there were originally multiple spigot mortars, but some have since been removed?

2) Are the concrete steps by the sally port in the Barrier Ditch associated with something from WW2?
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Re: World War 2 Defences on Chatham Lines
« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2016, 13:13:13 »
I've redone the map, using the 1932 revision of the OS map (the closest one in date that I have to the Second World War), and have added in a few more locations. If anyone knows of any more please add to the thread.



North is to the top of the map.
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Re: World War 2 Defences on Chatham Lines
« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2016, 21:41:54 »
@Conan - I thought afterwards that I should have included air-raid shelters, I'll add them when I update the map. There are two in the field where you posted the image from, and 5 more in Amherst Hill field, plus another just east of King's Bastion.  Also, that Defence of Britain image is handy, but as you say some of their placements are a little inaccurate (and they have missed off at least 7 air-raid shelters!)

@Dave Smith - North is to the top of the map, and the hospital is some distance off the map, to the right of the GRE to the bottom right corner of the map.
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Re: World War 2 Defences on Chatham Lines
« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2016, 21:57:43 »
I don't know weather this helps,it's from the Defence of Britain database.



I would add a qualifier that sometimes their placements can be a tad out :)
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Re: World War 2 Defences on Chatham Lines
« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2016, 11:16:48 »
Leofwine. To orientate ME, could you say which way is North please & where would the Navel ( Medway) Hospital be if one this map?

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World War 2 Defences on Chatham Lines
« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2016, 23:39:58 »
I've been plotting the WW2 defences I know of on the Southern half of Chatham Lines on to a map, but I'm not sure if there are any I missed. Here is what I have so far:



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S = Spigot Mortar
O = Observer/Fire Watcher Post
G = Gun Pit (apparently housing a machine gun)
A = Anti-aircraft gun
P = Pillbox
1 = Defence HQ in tunnels
2 = Steps from ditch to King's Bastion. Apparently there was some kind of temporary barracks or encampment in King's Bastion, and the latrines may have been located in the ditch, hence the steps.
3 = Concrete tank trap in couvre-port gateway.

The gun-pit by Dock Road and the AA gun on Belvedere Battery are not 100% certain, but it has been suggested that they were there.

I also have a feeling there is/was another spigot mortar somewhere on Prince's (Prince of Wales) Bastion (now the tennis courts), but can't be sure.

Does anyone know of any I've missed? It looks as though there is a definite gap around Prince Edward's Bastion.

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