SJ4283 : WWII defences of Liverpool: RAF Speke airfield - Section Post (1)

taken 2 months ago, near to Liverpool John Lennon Airport, Liverpool, Great Britain

WWII defences of Liverpool: RAF Speke airfield - Section Post (1)
WWII defences of Liverpool: RAF Speke airfield - Section Post (1)
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Section Post: DoB ID: e11905

Few remains of the airfield wartime defences of RAF Speke now exist, this being possibly the last remaining. A combined pillbox and section post of unique design, it consists of a square pillbox at one end, and a long narrow section post linking it from a protected entrance at the other. The pillbox has a small loophole on each of three sides, whilst the section post has loopholes on each long side, two facing outwards from the airfield, and three facing inwards towards it. These would have been probably for riflemen, and not machine gun positions. However, a LMG position has been created in the northwest corner close to the entrance passage by cutting the corner away to incorporate an embrasure. This would have enabled a wide arc of fire to be directed towards the airfield by a light machine gun. There are 9 firing positions in total.

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SJ4283 : WWII defences of Liverpool: RAF Speke airfield - Section Post (2)
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 1 August, 2017   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 11 August, 2017
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Construction, Development  Woodland, Forest  Defence, Military 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 4209 8324 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:20.5723N 2:52.2756W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 4209 8323
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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