View Full Version : Heavy Anti-Aircraft Battery - Huddersfield - Sept 2010

21-09-2010, 10:24 AM
I know to most this looks like a few slabs of concrete in a field but I find these sites very interesting.

What we have here is an early 1940s Heavy Anti-Aircraft installation which is in super condition. There’s also supposed to be a POW camp here but I found little evidence of this.

The emplacement would have housed two guns, probably 3.7` and would have been used to target high altitude bombers in WW2. A few of these sites had a life after the war but I seriously doubt this was one of them. The two gun positions are directly in front of a formidable concrete bunker and have sloping concrete trenches that lead down to the ammo store. The ammo store is semi-sunken to protect it from blast damage.

Well worth a look if you’re out that way.

The first building you see, probably a garage or maybe accomodation for the staff manning the site. The doors make me think garage or other stores.


The concrete roads are original and are still in good condition.


The gun positions themselves have been used to store stones, maybe for dry stone walling.



Some detail is still on show, notice the brick structure to the left?



These are the sloping channels which lead to the ammo store. It's knee deep in cow shite.


The ammunition store.


The command bunker. two level type. You can get in the top but the bottom floor has been sealed up.



This is a mounting a for Vickers Predictor, a tripod mounted gun sight for aiming at high altitudes. Radio must've been used to relay the reading down to the guns.



The original concrete road to the site.


Thanks for looking and sorry to bore you all with this stuff LOL :thumb

21-09-2010, 11:25 AM
Thats pretty interesting, theres supposed to be another one near where i live too.

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=flockton&sll=53.617186,-1.772774&sspn=0.001591,0.004823&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Flockton,+Wakefield,+Kirklees,+United+Kingdo m&ll=53.649007,-1.634935&spn=0.003339,0.009645&t=h&z=17

21-09-2010, 11:27 AM
Well I never knew this was there! good stuff!

21-09-2010, 06:05 PM
Thanks for this. I never get bored of looking at WW2 military stuff. Got a grid ref for that KingElvis?