Burton Battery

Guernsey
Posted on April 17, 2024 / 1
Listing Type : Coastal Battery
Location : Channel Islands

Burton Battery was built during the French Revolutionary Wars and was definitely operations by 1801 when it mount two 20-pdr SB guns on garrison carriages.  By the end of the Napoleonic Wars (1816) Burton Battery mounted four 20-pdr SB guns.  There is a magazine built to the rear of the battery, shielded by a small rock outcrop.

Plans from 1841 show the battery with two guns facing towards the sea, and then a single gun angled to both the West and East.  The rear of the battery is protected with a loop holed wall, and the current site of the magazine also has an artillery store.  There was also a small barracks on the West side for fourteen men, now lost (TNA  MPH 1.868).

During World War 2, the German occupying forces built Wiederstandsnest Lowenfels, a smaller strong point at Burton Battery.  This included an 8cm mortar, a 3.7cm PAK turret, three flamethrowers and machine guns.  A large bunker was built in the gorge of the battery.

 

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