SS73 South Battery (SW Facing) Windmill Hill Flats
Posted on January 4, 2016 / 702
poi type : Gun Battery
Location : Gibraltar
Description : Description
Condition : Poor

The positions were initially know as I, J and K emplacements and mounted a single gun.

In 1896 – South Battery, Four 6-inch QF guns. Two twin gun batteries, Group A right side looking South, Group B left side looking south. Guns were removed in 1909.

 

On the tip of the Windmill Hill Plateau this battery is split into two separate positions.

A Battery (facing SW) and B Battery (facing S) separated by an earthen traverse. The photographs shows the four emplacements. Two on the left and two on the right in front of the old magazine. The four 6-ins guns were removed in 1908 with only one later replaced, primarily for training.

The structures behind  are the remains of four WW2 emplacements for a Heavy Anti-Aircraft Battery. The structure in red brick, immediately  behind  the  magazine  is the BCP for the AA Battery. See separate entry.

The Battery Book for SOuth Battery, probably dated from about 1940, states that the battery covers the SW to East and has a single Mark VII gun (Reserve Gun). There are four D.R.F. pedestals, each of which can be used by the BC Post.  The battery is noted as playing the same role as Genista Battery, “to fire on a swarm of torpedo boats, or Destroyers, or larger vessels, accompany a raid”. TNA WO 192/22.

The SW facing battery still stand but is in a poor state of repair, while the South Facing Battery is relatively intact.

 

SS73 South Battery (SW Facing)
The positions were initially know as I, J and K emplacements and mounted a single gun.

In 1896 – South Battery, Four 6-inch QF guns. Two twin gun batteries, Group A right side looking South, Group B left side looking south. Guns were removed in 1909.

 

On the tip of the Windmill Hill Plateau this battery is split into two separate positions.

A Battery (facing SW) and B Battery (facing S) separated by an earthen traverse. The photographs shows the four emplacements. Two on the left and two on the right in front of the old magazine. The four 6-ins guns were removed in 1908 with only one later replaced, primarily for training.

The structures behind  are the remains of four WW2 emplacements for a Heavy Anti-Aircraft Battery. The structure in red brick, immediately  behind  the  magazine  is the BCP for the AA Battery. See separate entry.

The Battery Book for SOuth Battery, probably dated from about 1940, states that the battery covers the SW to East and has a single Mark VII gun (Reserve Gun). There are four D.R.F. pedestals, each of which can be used by the BC Post.  The battery is noted as playing the same role as Genista Battery, “to fire on a swarm of torpedo boats, or Destroyers, or larger vessels, accompany a raid”. TNA WO 192/22.

The SW facing battery still stand but is in a poor state of repair, while the South Facing Battery is relatively intact.

 

SS73 South Battery (SW Facing)
poi type : Gun Battery
Location : Gibraltar
Description : Description
Condition : Poor
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