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    Question Allen Williams Turret?

    I'm not too sure is its Allen or Alan, but I was wondering if this perhaps a varient of one of the Allen Williams turrets built during the war. They are at Barry Buddon in Scotland and theres 4 of them (Possibly More), 2 of which are intact.

    Thanks

    Danny
    Click to enlarge the picture Click to enlarge the picture another one ( there are 4 in total at barry buddon).jpg   inside.jpg  

    its very small as you can see from my shadow.jpg   remains of a coastal one.jpg  


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    Wow !

    Interesting little buggers these are. It does certainly look like a variant to the Alan Williams type. Have a look here.....

    British hardened field defences of World War II - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    ....whilst not a precise match, it isn't far off at all. Probably an early/late adaption.

    Was it on a mount ? Looking at your photographs it isn't obvious......if it wasn't on a mount it would be a static defence post with fixed firing lines.

    Steve T

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    Hi Danny,
    Strange looking things arnt they but very interesting, You have brought back some memories for me with this one as i was training at Barry buddon back in 77. Bloody hot in the summer, and then onto Garelochhead to be hunted dressed as russians in those mountains we found lochlong very deep. Is the old army camp still there.
    Dave.

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    I wish the hot weather still existed The old camp has long gone, and so has the climbing tower I'm not complaining because the new-ish camp is quite good

    Thanks

    Danny

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    Thanks for putting up this post. Many years ogo I was told that there was a metal pill box on the cliffs not far away.
    On finding it I found that it also had about 6 slit trenches nearby. The steel dome is exactly the same as the one on the Wikki. site. The dome had small steel wheels that sat on the circular steel track. This track sat on what appeared to be concrete manhole rings, the top "door"was missing. At the time I talked to the landowner with an idea of taking it home to restore but the idea faded away. Now after finding out exactly what it is called and the fact that very few survive I may have a re- think. If I do I will post some pics. of this piece of history. John.

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    If your able to get one of these for restoration, go for it because I dont imagine that theres a lot of them left. I wish I could remove one of them, but sadly they are on MOD property and will most likely end up getting removed and scrapped.

    Thanks

    Danny

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    Quote by Blackpowder44 View Post
    Thanks for putting up this post. Many years ogo I was told that there was a metal pill box on the cliffs not far away.
    On finding it I found that it also had about 6 slit trenches nearby. The steel dome is exactly the same as the one on the Wikki. site. The dome had small steel wheels that sat on the circular steel track. This track sat on what appeared to be concrete manhole rings, the top "door"was missing. At the time I talked to the landowner with an idea of taking it home to restore but the idea faded away. Now after finding out exactly what it is called and the fact that very few survive I may have a re- think. If I do I will post some pics. of this piece of history. John.
    Hi (Blackpowder44), I know that this is a long shot in the dark but can you cast your mind back to this post. I have a great interest in pillboxes (being a member of the Pillbox Study Group) in general but have a particular passion for the humble Allan Williams Turret (AWT) and have for the past 3 years been trying to locate and log all surviving AWTs and was surprised to find reference via your post to one I knew nothing about. Can you help please, do you have an exact location for said turret and do you know if it is still there. Again I know it has been a long time since the original post but I would be grateful for any information.
    Regards
    Jan

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    Quote by Kapitan Jan View Post
    Hi (Blackpowder44), I know that this is a long shot in the dark but can you cast your mind back to this post. I have a great interest in pillboxes (being a member of the Pillbox Study Group) in general but have a particular passion for the humble Allan Williams Turret (AWT) and have for the past 3 years been trying to locate and log all surviving AWTs and was surprised to find reference via your post to one I knew nothing about. Can you help please, do you have an exact location for said turret and do you know if it is still there. Again I know it has been a long time since the original post but I would be grateful for any information.
    Regards
    Jan
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    Hi MAP. Thanks for advice - have done that and now awaiting response.

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