Monument record COR 035 - World War II tank trap.

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Summary

World War II tank trap. Also Diver Battery?

Location

Grid reference Centred TM 53509 97937 (1043m by 711m)
Map sheet TM59NW
Civil Parish CORTON, WAVENEY, SUFFOLK

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Full Description

A section of tank trap covering over 2km is visible on late 1941 aerial photographs (S1,S2). The feature covers an area to the north of Corton and then heads off to the north-west. The tank trap comprises of trenches dug through fields and artificially deepened watercourses. The spoil from the deepening or creation of the ditch can be seen in many places as a bank on one or both sides of the ditch. The tank trap was an important part of the World War II defences in this area. It does not show on photographs from the February 1941, so it must have been constructed between February & August 1941. It can still be clearly seen on photographs from 1944 (S3), but by the 1970s there is hardly a trace of it left to be seen.

Site of Second World War heavy anti aircraft Diver battery in the Diver Strip at Lowestoft North roads. It was armed with four 3.7-inch Mark IIc guns equipped with Predictor BTL, and Radar AA No.3 Mark V when it was deployed here on 24th November 1944, and was manned by 484 Battery of 139 (Mixed) Anti Aircraft Artillery Regiment. It formed part of 63 Heavy Anti Aircraft Brigade deployment.

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <S1> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. S/423 H13 1416 Frms84-86 20-Aug-1941.
  • <S2> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. 2H/BR165 FrmsA5-A6 24-Dec-1941.
  • <S3> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. HLA/694 Frms3096-3097 26-Mar-1944.
  • <S4> Bibliographic reference: Dobinson, C.. 1996. Twentieth century fortifications in England, volume 4. Operation Diver : England's defence against the flying-bomb, June 1944-March 1945.

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Feb 28 2022 10:48AM

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