TQ7568 : Search light in Fort Amherst

taken 7 years ago, near to Brompton, Medway, Great Britain

Search light in Fort Amherst
Search light in Fort Amherst
This anti-aircraft search light is part of a memorial garden within Fort Amherst.

In the background is a car park for the attraction. As well as TQ7568 : Anti-Tank Blocks, Fort Amherst.

In the foreground is a plaque which reads 'Anti Aircraft Search light
This anti-aircraft search light is typical of the many thousands produced and deployed during the Second World War to illuminate enemy aircraft. The search light assisted anti-aircraft gunners in locating targets and attacking targets at night. It has the power of the equivalent of 210,000,000 candles and can project a beam of light to a height of several miles. The beam of light is formed by striking an arc across carbon rods, with the light directed through a lens, and reflected via a powerful mirror in the base of the light unit. The lights were normally deployed in clusters of three with a self contained company of men and later women numbering sixty personnel, these companies were designed to be mobile units able to travel quickly to where they were required.
This particular search light is a "Projector AA 60cm Mark VI" and was manufactured in 1940. It has been loaned by the Royal Engineers Museum Brompton and was formally a "gate guardian" outside of a Territorial Army Drill Hall. It now forms part of the Fort Amherst Anti-Aircraft Memorial Collection and is in the care of Medway Historical Ordnance".
Fort Amherst
Fort Amherst was constructed as part of a line of gun batteries to protect Chathamís Royal Dockyard from a land-based attack; the fortifications stretched over 3 kilometres in length and totally enclosed the Dockyard and the village of Brompton. Fort Amherst was, and still is, the most intricate part of the area known as the Great Lines and many areas of the Fort have now been in part carefully restored.
This twenty acre Scheduled Ancient Monument consists of many gun batteries, many with cannon mounted, tunnels and grassy parkland. The parkland is free to visit (now called Great Lines Heritage Park) and is open every day, with easy access and free parking.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 8 September, 2011   (more nearby)
Friday, 9 September, 2011
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Defence, Military 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 7577 6835 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:23.2184N 0:31.4831E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 7577 6835
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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