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HER Number:MDV102964
Name:Training Aid 15 at the US Army Second World War Assault Training Centre, Braunton Burrows

Summary

A small rectangular structure visible on aerial photographs of the 1940s is probably the site of Training Aid 15, as depicted on a U.S. Army plan of the Second World War Assault Training Centre on Braunton Burrows. It is not visible on later aerial photographs and may have been demolished soon after the war or covered by shifting sand and vegetation.

Location

Grid Reference:SS 449 359
Map Sheet:SS43NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBraunton
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishUNKNOWN

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthworks and structural remains of World War II military training features for D-Day Landings on Braunton Burrows

Other References/Statuses

  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • TRAINING STRUCTURE (World War II - 1939 AD to 1945 AD (Between))

Full description

Unknown, 1944, Roads and Training Aids: U.S. Assault Training Center (Un-published). SDV339604.

Training Aid 15 is marked in this location.


Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/106G/UK/1501, NMR RAF/106G/UK/1501 3003-3004 13-MAY-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349927.

A small structure measuring circa 4 by 3 metres in size is visible.


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

A small structure measuring circa 4 by 3 metres in size is visible on aerial photographs of take in 1946. It is probably Training Aid 15, which is marked in this location on the U.S. Army plan of the Second World War Assault Training Centre on Braunton Burrows. Two possible parallel linear features 45 and 75 metres to the north-east may be barbed wire obstructions used for training, and Bass' (1996) records of barbed wire support posts observed in this location (MDV77651 & MDV 77658) supports this interpretation. A cluster of craters (MDV102969) just to the north-east of the liner features may have been created during training exercises using live ammunition. The structure is not readily identifiable on the aerial photographs taken in later years that are available to the survey, and was probably demolished or obscured by shifting sand dunes and vegetation following the war.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV339604Un-published: Unknown. 1944. Roads and Training Aids: U.S. Assault Training Center. U.S. Plans from R.T.Bass. Mixed Archive Material + Digital.
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
SDV349927Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/106G/UK/1501. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). NMR RAF/106G/UK/1501 3003-3004 13-MAY-1946. [Mapped feature: #62467 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV57283Part of: Braunton Areas A, B, C and D of US Assault Training Centre (Monument)
MDV77658Related to: Barbed Wire Support Posts, Braunton Burrows Military Training Area (Monument)
MDV102969Related to: Craters on the U.S. Army Assault Training Centre, Braunton Burrows (Monument)
MDV77651Related to: Post, Braunton Burrows Military Training Area (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

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

Date Last Edited:Jul 7 2017 12:32PM