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HER Number:MDV102744
Name:Possible anti-tank obstacle at Broadsands

Summary

A possible anti-tank obstruction is visible as a low earthwork or structure on the foreshore at Broadsands on aerial photographs dating to 1945. It may have been a mock Normandy beach defence used by the U.S. Army during Second World War military training. It is not visible on later available aerial photographs and is likely to have been removed or covered by sand.

Location

Grid Reference:SS 467 324
Map Sheet:SS43SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBraunton
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBRAUNTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ANTI TANK OBSTACLE? (World War II - 1939 AD to 1945 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1945, RAF/106G/LA/221, NMR RAF/106G/LA/221 5033-5034 15-APR-1945NMR RAF/106G/LA/221 5029-5030 15-APR-1945 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349986.

A linear structure or earthwork is visible.


Hegarty, C. + Knight, S., 2011 - 2012, North Devon Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty National Mapping Programme Project (Interpretation). SDV349018.

A low sand-covered structure or earthwork is visible parallel to the shoreline on aerial photographs dating to 1945. It is segmented but in total extends for approximately 90 metres aligned north-east to south-west, and is circa 1.5 metres in width. Although it could be a natural feature, its location and straight alignment are consistent with an interpretation as the remains of an anti-tank obstacle used for military training by the U.S. Army in the Second World War. It is not visible on later aerial photographs, and is likely to have been removed or covered by sand soon after the end of the war.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV349018Interpretation: Hegarty, C. + Knight, S.. 2011 - 2012. North Devon Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty National Mapping Programme Project. AC Archaeology Report. ACD383/2/1. Digital.
Linked documents:1
SDV349986Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1945. RAF/106G/LA/221. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). NMR RAF/106G/LA/221 5033-5034 15-APR-1945NMR RAF/106G/LA/221 5029-5030 15-APR-1945. [Mapped feature: #62240 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV102705Part of: Military training area between Broadsands and Crow Point, Braunton Burrows. (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6132 - North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty NMP Project

Date Last Edited:Oct 9 2012 5:00PM