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    Default Upton Fort, Dorset - November 2012.


    Was a coastal battery built as part of Portland's coastal defences. Constructed in 1903, it was equipped with two 6-inch and two 9.2-inch breech loading guns mounted above sunken magazines, with ancillary buildings behind and to the west. After the First World War the guns were removed and the site was placed on care and maintenance.

    With the outbreak of the Second World War plans were made to bring Upton back to an operational status, and some time between June 1940 and January 1941 the battery was equipped with two 6-inch naval guns from the scrapped battleship HMS Erin. The guns were installed on the old 9.2-inch platforms, suitably modified to take the new weapons, and the original magazines were once again utilised for their design purpose. Two coastal battery searchlights/observation posts were also added, one approximately 150 metres south east,the other, 75 metres south west.

    The battery was manned by troops of the 522nd (Dorset) Coastal Regiment and the guns were only once fired in anger when, on the night of 21 March 1944, they opened fire against marauding German E-boats on the edge of Weymouth Bay.

    The sun was out, it was chav free... good explore!






















    The coastal observation/searchlight posts added during the Second World War.





    This, any ideas?
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    Not normally my thing, but theres some really interesting structures there! Cheers for sharing!
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    Last photos looks like it could be an OP.

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    Good pic's again Harry

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    Nice one, I like seeing thhese coastal forts.
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    interesting report and site history....like the metal stumps in 2nd pic was something huge bolted down here???...excuse my ignornance!

    Thanxs for sharing:)

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    Quote Originally Posted by prettyvacant71 View Post
    interesting report and site history....like the metal stumps in 2nd pic was something huge bolted down here???...excuse my ignornance!
    Yeah, one of the 6" naval guns mentioned in the text. They're huge! :)

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    Great report & pics.

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    Nice to see the fort with no grafity for a change...

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    Liking those mate, love to see our old defenses, wonder how they would have coped had the Germans invaded.....
    If there is a fence round it then it must be worth looking at !

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