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

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

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

Gun mount

Taken from on top of one of the emplacements – somewhere out there are another 3 emplacements and the command post

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.

The command post is flooded

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

Apparently the battery never fired a single shot and in 1944 the battery workers were deployed to coastal batteries to defend against German Doodlebugs.

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