Information for record number MWA9656:
Leamington Light Anti Aircraft Artillery site

Summary The site of a light anti aircraft battery dating from the Second World War. There is documentary evidience that its purpose was to defend Automotive Products. Its exact location is unknown.
What Is It?  
Type: Anti Aircraft Battery
Period: Unknown
Where Is It?  
Parish: Leamington Spa
District: Warwick, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: 00
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Level of Protection National - Old SMR PrefRef (Grade: )
Sites & Monuments Record

Source Number  

1 The site of a light anti aircraft battery fom WWII, no 469, with Automotive Products listed as its vulnerable point to protect. Light ant aircraft guns were smaller, faster firing weapons designed to engage fast low flying aircraft. A wide variety of such weapons was deployed ranging from standard machine guns like the Lewis and the Bren, to Bofors Guns both static and mobile. The earthworks resulting from an emplacement would not have been substantial.

Source No: 1
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: Twentieth Century Fortifications in England, vol I.4
Author/originator: Dobinson C S
Date: 1996
Page Number:
Volume/Sheet: Vol I.4
Source No: 1
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: 20th Century Defence in Britain. An introductory guide. Revised edition
Author/originator: editor Bernard Lowry
Date: 1999
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technique Earthwork Earthworks can take the form of banks, ditches and mounds. They are usually created for a specific purpose. A bank, for example, might be the remains of a boundary between two or more fields. Some earthworks may be all that remains of a collapsed building, for example, the grassed-over remains of building foundations.

In the winter, when the sun is lower in the sky than during the other seasons, earthworks have larger shadows. From the air, archaeologists are able to see the patterns of the earthworks more easily. Earthworks can sometimes be confusing when viewed at ground level, but from above, the general plan is much clearer.

Archaeologists often carry out an aerial survey or an earthwork survey to help them understand the lumps and bumps they can see on the ground.
monument SITE * Unclassifiable site with minimal information. Specify site type wherever possible. back
monument FORTIFICATION * A usually permanent defensive work. Use specific type where known. back
monument LIGHT ANTI AIRCRAFT BATTERY * An anti aircraft battery usually mounting smaller, faster weapons such as Bofors guns or a single anti-aircraft machine gun, intended to engage fast low flying aircraft. back
monument DEFENCE * This is the top term for the class. See DEFENCE Class List for narrow terms. back
monument AIRCRAFT * An aircraft, either whole or in part. Aircraft often survive as commemorative monuments, gate guardians or crash sites. back
monument ANTI AIRCRAFT BATTERY * A site containing one or more artillery pieces and/or rocket launchers for firing at enemy aircraft. back
monument EARTHWORK * A bank or mound of earth used as a rampart or fortification. back

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