Mumbles Hill WWII Defences :: Shared Description
The information boards spread around this site tell how Mumbles Hill was the site of the 623rd Heavy Anti-Aircraft Battery and Coastal Defence Battery 299. They were manned by the Royal Artillery, aided and protected by the Home Guard.
The anti-aircraft operation west of the summit was comprised of a command post bunker and four guns that could all concentrate their fire on the same target, supplemented by two other guns.
Practice drills were required to learn to cope with the noise and smoke of sustained firing but were banned when one of the explosive shells detonated over Mumbles rooftops instead of at high altitude, shattering all the windows.
On the lower east side of the hill was 299 "Battery A" which had two 6 inch guns. "Battery B" was off the hill on Tutt Head and the Lighthouse Island.
There are no records of any guns ever bringing down an enemy but their presence is thought to have made the planes fly higher.
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Created: Fri, 3 Aug 2012, Updated: Sat, 11 Aug 2012
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