NS4278 : Concrete blocks

taken 8 years ago, 3 km from Bellsmyre, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

Concrete blocks
Concrete blocks
Although the low sun of a late winter afternoon means that they cannot be seen particularly well here among the vegetation, the photo shows two long concrete blocks, set almost end-to-end, oriented along the line of sight; each measures about 6.5m0.9m.

Given that similar blocks can be seen in a Second World War decoy site nearby, it seems likely that these blocks are also military remains from that period; see NS4278 : Corner of enclosure for further discussion, and LinkExternal link for details of the decoy site itself.

The upper reaches of Auchenreoch Glen can be seen in the background, turning to continue along the line of the blocks.
Auchenreoch Starfish decoy :: NS4277
During the Second World War, so-called Starfish decoys were carefully designed to provide very convincing false targets for enemy bombers. See LinkExternal link (at Secret Scotland) for a full explanation; LinkExternal link (at the same site) for a detailed description (with many photos) of the particular site shown here; LinkExternal link for my own article on the topic; LinkExternal link for an annotated satellite view; and LinkExternal link for nearby bomb craters, testimony to the decoy's effectiveness.
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Date Taken
Friday, 29 January, 2010   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 3 February, 2010
Geographical Context
Defence, Military  Derelict, Disused 
Place (from Tags)
Auchenreoch Muir 
Period (from Tags)
Second World War 
World War II defences   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4205 7819 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:58.2388N 4:31.9469W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4204 7818
View Direction
Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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