Europa Advance Batteries

Posted on January 13, 2021 / 61
Listing Type : Coastal Battery
Location : Gibraltar

The Europa Advance Batteries were four batteries located on the eastern shore of Gibraltar below Windmill Hill.   About 1800 they were armed with three 18-pdr, one 4-pdr and one 3-pdr guns.    By 1956 the Europa Advance Batteries were armed as follows:

1st Europa Advance                                        Two 32-pdr

2nd Europa Advance                                      Two 32-pdr

3rd Europa Advance                                       Two 32-pdr

4th Europa Advance                                       Two 32-pdr

It would appear that these guns were never upgraded.

In World War 2 a battery of two 4-inch BL Mark IX Q.F. guns were mounted in a new battery at 1st and 2nd Europa Advance Battery and on the slope behind.

Little remains of the old smoothbore batteries although the barbette walls have all survive.

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