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#1 The_Historian

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Posted 04 April 2009 - 03:46 PM

This was first brought to my attention by my old dad in the other forum, but it's taken me a yet to get there despite it only being 10 miles down the road.
This sits beside the B road into the distillery village of Deanston in Perthshire, just across the river Teith from the town of Doune.
About 300 yards to the right of the camera is the main road over the bridge to Doune, so you might expect this site to be a lot closer to it.
It's the most complete emplacement I've ever found in Scotland, and the shelter/store still has the original corrugated iron shuttering inside.

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Posted 04 April 2009 - 03:51 PM

And some more...

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Posted 06 April 2009 - 02:07 AM

Great info Gordon. Thanks for sharing. I found more info on spigot mortar at:
SPIGOT MORTAR, PILLBOX STUDY GROUP

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Posted 06 April 2009 - 11:16 AM

Cheers for the background info, WF. You tend to find these emplacements in the most unlikely bleedin' places. :rolleyes:
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Posted 06 April 2009 - 11:08 PM

Couple of pics of a spigot mortar at a preserved sight

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Posted 07 April 2009 - 12:00 AM

Gordon,
Placement in unexpected locations can be an advantage. Were the placements illogical? The pivot in your photos were looking a lot like a Coors Light beer can.

Steve,
What location?

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Posted 07 April 2009 - 11:44 AM

Cheers Steve, nice pics.
WF-
They seem illogical now because they were originally sited to cover VPs (Vulnerable Points); that could mean anything in the context of 1940. Most will now have disappeared because the railway system was decimated in the early '60s, and a lot of old roads have either been straightened out or completely bypassed.
In practice they were sited to cover crossroads, single roads into villages, railway tracks, coastal batteries, anything deemed vulnerable to tank attack
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