Monument record WNN 037 - Second World War military training and defences

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Summary

An area of Second World War military training and defences is visible on aerial photographs on Wantisden Heath, which falls within the Orford Battle Training Area (ORF 137). Some of the Second World War sites on the heath have already been recorded separately, for example WNN 017 - WNN 020. The entirety of the heath was covered with weapons pits, dug outs and short trenches. Two extensive practice trench systems are located on the western part of the heath.

Location

Grid reference Centred TM 3667 5192 (1570m by 2383m)
Map sheet TM35SE
Civil Parish TUNSTALL, SUFFOLK COASTAL, SUFFOLK

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Full Description

November 2015. Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Beauty National Mapping Programme.
An area of Second World War military training and defences is visible on aerial photographs (S1-S4) on Wantisden Heath, which falls within the Orford Battle Training Area (ORF 137). Some of the Second World War sites on the heath have already been recorded separately, for example WNN 017 - WNN 020. The entirety of the heath was covered with weapons pits, dug outs and short trenches. Two extensive practice trench systems are located on the western part of the heath. The main area of this site has been converted to arable, consequently very few earthworks are likely to survive.
The main defensive component of the northern part of the heath is a system of anti-glider trenches – although it is possible that these were in part dug as a training exercise. On northern part of the Heath, along with extensive tracks, are a number of angular mounds are visible on the aerial photographs. It is not immediately obvious whether these are mounds of spoil or earthen covered structures that were later removed.
S. Horlock (Norfolk Historic Environment Service), 25th November 2015.

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <S1> Vertical Aerial Photograph: Vertical aerial photograph. US/7PH/GP/LOC132 V 5037-5038 30-DEC-1943 (EHA Laser Copy).
  • <S2> Vertical Aerial Photograph: Vertical aerial photograph. US/7PH/GP/LOC132 V 5061-5062 30-DEC-1943 (EHA Laser Copy).
  • <S3> Vertical Aerial Photograph: Vertical aerial photograph. RAF/106G/UK/832 RS 4101-4103 23-SEP-1945 (EHA Original Print).
  • <S4> Vertical Aerial Photograph: Vertical aerial photograph. RAF/106G/UK/1673 RP 3216-3218 28-JUL-1946 (EHA Original Print).

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  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Feb 19 2016 12:44PM

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