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HER Number:MDV102967
Name:Enclosed 'Danger' areas within the Assault Training Centre, Braunton Burrows

Summary

Numerous roughly rectangular enclosures along the western edge of Braunton Burrows are visible on aerial photographs taken in the 1940s, corresponding to the 'Danger' areas marked on a U.S. Army plan of the Second World War Assault Training Centre. They may delineate the location of earlier mined anti-invasion defences, and were probably removed soon after the war ended.

Location

Grid Reference:SS 446 356
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

  • MINEFIELD? (World War II - 1939 AD to 1945 AD (Between))
  • RECTILINEAR ENCLOSURE (World War II - 1939 AD to 1945 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1941, RAF/S171, NMR RAF/5171 20-21 01-JUN-1941 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349056.

A number of rectilinear enclosures, possibly of barbed wire construction, are visible as ephemeral structures.


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

'Danger Area - Keep Out' marked next to several rectangular areas along the western edge of the dunes.


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

A number of rectilinear enclosures are visible as ephemeral structures.


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

At least seven roughly rectilinear enclosures are visible on aerial photographs dating to 1946, along the western edge of the dunes at Braunton Burrows. They are defined by ephemeral structures, probably of barbed wire construction, and correspond closely to the numerous rectangular areas marked ‘Danger Area – Keep Out’ depicted on Second World War U.S. Army plans of the Assault Training Centre (ATC) on Braunton Burrows. The visible enclosures are circa 30 metres in width and cover at least 3 kilometers north to south, probably extending further to the south. Some of the linear features are visible on aerial photographs dating to summer 1941, suggesting that they could be early anti-invasion defences, potentially including minefields, which later co-existed with the ATC. The structures are not readily identifiable on available post-war aerial photographs, and were probably removed soon after 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
SDV349056Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1941. RAF/S171. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). NMR RAF/5171 20-21 01-JUN-1941.
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: #62469 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV57283Part of: Braunton Areas A, B, C and D of US Assault Training Centre (Monument)
MDV102992Related to: Anti-invasion defences in the intertidal zone at Braunton Burrows (Monument)
MDV102995Related to: Anti-invasion defensive enclosure at Braunton Burrows (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

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

Date Last Edited:Jul 7 2017 12:33PM