Monument record DUN 070 - World War II anti-aircraft trenches, firing range and bomb craters on Dunwich Heath.

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Anti-aircraft trenches, firing range & bomb craters of World War II date on Dunwich Heath


Grid reference Centred TM 47441 68224 (386m by 243m)
Map sheet TM46NE


Type and Period (3)

Full Description

A system of anti-aircraft trenches c 380m across, can be seen as an earthwork on Dunwich Heath on aerial photographs from 1940(S1). There is one large system of inter-linking trenches, with other small sections of trench between 30 and 50m long to the south. Also visible on aerial photographs from 1941(S2) in amongst these trenches are a number of bomb craters and what appears to be a firing range. The firing range is made up of 3 or 4 trenches and possibly some butts. These features are all still visible on aerial photographs from 1945(S3) and 1946(S4). These features are likely to have been used for defensive purposes during the Second World War, and it is likely that the firing range was used for military training purposes. The anti-aircraft ditches are likely to be associated with a similar system to the north-west (DUN 069).

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <S1> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. 2/BR11/14 FrmsA23-A24 8-Jul-1940.
  • <S2> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. 2/BR165 FrmsA44-A45 18-Nov-1941.
  • <S3> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. 106G/UK929 Frms4166-4167 16-Oct-1945.
  • <S4> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. 106G/UK1707 Frms3290-3291 29-Aug-1945.

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Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Nov 10 2011 2:24PM

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