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10-17-2006, 08:25 PM
This is a discussion thread for the following file:<br><br><b><a href=http://www.googleearthhacks.com/dlfile21715/Mount-Pleasant-Heavy-Anti-aircraft-Artillery-Battery,-Lyttelton.htm>Mount Pleasant Heavy Anti-aircraft Artillery Battery, Lyttelton</a></b><br><br>In early 1942 surveys were carried out with a view to establishing four fixed HAA batteries around Lyttelton Harbour. Quail Island was chosen as one of the sites. <br />
As the threat of enemy attack receded only one HAA battery was built. This was on high ground above the port of Lyttelton. <br />
Although the contract was allocated in November 1942, by August 1942 work had already begun. <br />
An access road was constructed, four guns mounted in the open and the hole for the command post was dug. <br />
Work on the battery and the camp where the gun crew and supporting staff were housed was completed in early 1943. <br />
The camp was like a small village containing 91 buildings, including barracks, quartermaster’s store, kitchen, laundry, ablution block, messes and medical post. <br />
Because of the rocky terrain on the hilltop site, the gun emplacements were built above ground with only the command post excavated into the rock. <br />
This provided maximum protection for personnel and instruments. The work was carried out by a private contractor, with the contract supervised by the Public Works Department. The battery was manned from January 1943 to September 1944 but never went into action. <br><br><img src=http://www.googleearthhacks.com/images/new/080505/45556Clipboard04.jpg>