SS85 Z Battery Europa Sports Ground
Posted on January 29, 2016 / 804
Location : Gibraltar
Condition : Fair

The father-in-law of Andrew S says he remembers being at South Battery (3.7inch guns) where he believes there were only three guns.

One day, while at South Battery one day, they heard a very loud noise, which was about 12 to 15 Z rockets fired below his position, from the middle of the playing grounds at Europa Flats. There was a row of them from East to West. They were fired without any prior warning and it appears this happened on a number of occasions during his stay at South Battery. The rockets were fired during the day so they could be seen with no problem, the rockets went into the sky falling into the sea. He remembers that they were not static launchers, as the Z batteries were moved so that the troops could use the playing fields. I know they were mobile units in the UK but have never heard of this in Gibraltar.

We have indications that Mobile units were used in North Africa on converted 3-inch AA gun trailers.

The question therefore is were these Z Batteries posted to Gibraltar and only doing drills during the day, but moved around at night.  Or where they just preparing for deployment to North Africa?

Z BATTERIES

Mark 1: Single launcher with 3-inch Rocket.  Fixed

Mark 2: Twin Launcher, Fixed and Mobile

Mark 4: 36 rockets in ripple fire

For the North African Campaign Mark 2 and Mark 4 were mounted on converted 3-inch AA gun trailers so they could be towed around the desert.

 

The Featured Image of the Mobile Multiple Launcher from June 1941 is War Office official photographerThis is photograph H 10791 from the collections of the Imperial War Museums.

The image of the single launcher, Mark 1 is Taylor (Lt), War Office official photographerThis is photograph H 21135 from the collections of the Imperial War Museums (collection no. 4700-37)

SS85 Z Battery Europa Sports Ground
The father-in-law of Andrew S says he remembers being at South Battery (3.7inch guns) where he believes there were only three guns.

One day, while at South Battery one day, they heard a very loud noise, which was about 12 to 15 Z rockets fired below his position, from the middle of the playing grounds at Europa Flats. There was a row of them from East to West. They were fired without any prior warning and it appears this happened on a number of occasions during his stay at South Battery. The rockets were fired during the day so they could be seen with no problem, the rockets went into the sky falling into the sea. He remembers that they were not static launchers, as the Z batteries were moved so that the troops could use the playing fields. I know they were mobile units in the UK but have never heard of this in Gibraltar.

We have indications that Mobile units were used in North Africa on converted 3-inch AA gun trailers.

The question therefore is were these Z Batteries posted to Gibraltar and only doing drills during the day, but moved around at night.  Or where they just preparing for deployment to North Africa?

Z BATTERIES

Mark 1: Single launcher with 3-inch Rocket.  Fixed

Mark 2: Twin Launcher, Fixed and Mobile

Mark 4: 36 rockets in ripple fire

For the North African Campaign Mark 2 and Mark 4 were mounted on converted 3-inch AA gun trailers so they could be towed around the desert.

 

The Featured Image of the Mobile Multiple Launcher from June 1941 is War Office official photographerThis is photograph H 10791 from the collections of the Imperial War Museums.

The image of the single launcher, Mark 1 is Taylor (Lt), War Office official photographerThis is photograph H 21135 from the collections of the Imperial War Museums (collection no. 4700-37)

SS85 Z Battery Europa Sports Ground
Location : Gibraltar
Condition : Fair
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