Gaddesby WW2 anti tank gun mount

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Comments (8)

pillbox spotter on March 5, 2011

nice one Russ but i think its a spigot morta mount ..http://www.home-guard.org.uk/hg/spigot.html .. anyway sorry iv not looked at your photos lately so im looking at them now LOL take care keep safe but have fun ..

♫ Russ Hamer on March 5, 2011

I knew you would ask so took a photo of the plaque... see latest upload.

spuduka on May 10, 2011

It's called a spigot mortor base.

Pat Grace on July 16, 2011

II sat on Lawn wall as a kid and watched them build the thing. I lived in the first house on the left up Front street during the war. Pat Grace

♫ Russ Hamer on July 16, 2011

Thanks for that, Pat. Were there any others built nearby and do you know why was it there, specifically? What was it protecting?

pillbox spotter on July 16, 2011

Front street ? iv tried to find Front Street on Google Earth but i cant find it or could it be the road name has been changed ?

Pat Grace on July 17, 2011

I also saw it used once in a mock Home Guard attack. It was equipped with a heavy machine gun. Lawn wall passed in front of it and the top of it was well above the top of the wall. At that time the red telephone box was just across the road in front of it. it was removed from its place because the “Yanks” ran into it twice in a Jeep. The old street unofficial names have probably gone. Pillbox isn’t the correct description of it by the way. There was another one near the old Auster Aircraft works at Rearsby but I don’t think it still exists.

Pat Grace on July 17, 2011

PS. A Black Watch Regiment and later an American regiment were based at Gaddesby (Paske) Hall.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on February 20, 2011
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    by ♫ Russ Hamer
    • Camera: NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D60
    • Taken on 2009/02/20 11:55:11
    • Exposure: 0.017s (1/60)
    • Focal Length: 23.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: -5.00 EV
    • No flash

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