Bofors gun emplacement, how was it used?

Discussion in 'Weapons, Technology & Equipment' started by Topfmine, Aug 20, 2020.

  1. Topfmine

    Topfmine Active Member

    In the area i live in Bordon Hants, we have 2 remaining Bofors gun emplacements, during the war there were 4. One i discovered two years ago with radar trailer near by and the other a few months ago that was though demolished long lost but very complete. All these emplacement during the war were operated by the Canadians who protected Bordon and Longmoor camp.
    I wonder what when on during these times when you stand at these sites now quite for good, i wonder how active it was, so i have some questions to ask especially when the forum has veterans that may have been part of the crew who could tell what happened.
    How did these emplacements operate?
    How many crew did it take to operate a site.
    Were they there 24/7 on a shift basis.
    Where did they sleep and eat ie were they tented under cover or did they rest up in trucks or go back to barracks etc or live within the emplacement.
    How was the emplacement set up what went where? ie on both sites there is a sunken brick enclosure with no roof with short steps was this a tea eating area or a stores for the gun or ammunition (see photo).
    How was the gun position and the ammunition laid out in the enclosure and how long did the gun stay on site being exposed to the elements and for servicing.
    Was there communication by line or radio.
    What went on? Anyone know.

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