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TOPIC: Range Building - But what was it used for?

Range Building - But what was it used for? 12 Jul 2018 18:49 #1

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There are a number of Ranges at Benmore Head in County Antrim which date from the Second World War.

Two of them have Soldiers Shelters in which is some fantastic WW2 graffiti from British, American and Belgian Soldiers.

I would like very much to know more about a third building which is not a Soldiers Shelter.

I know that the U.S. Army trained with their Tank Destroyers here and having given this some thought I guess the building may have been where a Target was hoisted.

Dont know where the firing point would have been but all the shots went out to sea. - I am hoping you folks may have a map showing this.

There is a concrete structure on the roof with a hole.
Inside are 4 rails secured to the wall facing down range with wheels at either end

Any information would be much appreciated.

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Range Building - But what was it used for? 12 Jul 2018 19:20 #2

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I'm guessing it was some sort of mounting for optical gear.

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Range Building - But what was it used for? 13 Jul 2018 08:42 #3

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Looks to me like a moving target shelter and cable pulley system (idlers?) A screen target with a tank silhouette on a trolley pulled across the line of fire.

Andy, can you point out the location of the building please.

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Range Building - But what was it used for? 13 Jul 2018 11:43 #4

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The Soldiers Shelters are one and two.

This building is number three.

I am aware there were rails for a moving target which I was shown near Shelter two.

This appears to be a continuation of the moving target site
If you look on google satview and zoom in you can see the line goes precisely to this building.

Very Interesting.

Andy

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Range Building - But what was it used for? 13 Jul 2018 16:11 #5

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winch house
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Range Building - But what was it used for? 13 Jul 2018 16:26 #6

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We did have a thread on the gunnery range at Holme in Norfolk, where I think there is a similar building. My search came up with numerous pages about Linholme and Holme oSpalding Moor

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Range Building - But what was it used for? 13 Jul 2018 16:52 #7

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ww2ni wrote: There are a number of Ranges at Benmore Head in County Antrim which date from the Second World War.

I think this is Benbane Head Andy - about 13 miles to the west.

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The Google Earth view is poor.
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Range Building - But what was it used for? 13 Jul 2018 19:03 #8

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There is this site on the Defence Heritage Project website, is it the same place?

TRAINING SITE
DHP NUMBER 238
TYPE Training structure
TOWNLAND Feigh Mountain
COUNTY Antrim
CONDITION Fair
BROAD TERM TRAINING SITE
NARROW TERM TRAINING BASE
GEN TERM TRAINING-TECHNICAL
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DHP_238_MAPS.pdf
DHP_238_PHOTOS.pdf
DHP_238_OTHER.pdf

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FIRING RANGE
DHP NUMBER 0
TYPE Range blockhouse
TOWNLAND Feigh Mountain
COUNTY Antrim
CONDITION Fair
BROAD TERM FIRING RANGE
NARROW TERM FIRING RANGE BLOCKHOUSE
GEN TERM TRAINING-TECHNICAL
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Range Building - But what was it used for? 14 Jul 2018 07:41 #9

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That accounts for me not being able to find it!

It is indeed Benbane Head, it was a trick question from Andy.

I can now see the linear feature that I was looking for. As Paul Francis has opined, it is a winch house for a moving target trolley. There would have been a Decauville track laid on a level bed within two parallel earth banks. This kept the trolley out of sight. I'm assuming that the exhaust pipe for the IC engine protruded through the hole in the roof and there would have been a warning flag on top?

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Range Building - But what was it used for? 14 Jul 2018 10:53 #10

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Sorry about the brain fart - It is benbane.

Thanks very much for this.

Andy

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