Un-earthing the Past
A piece of Sark’s wartime history was uncovered recently when Kevin Adams excavated a German anti-aircraft gun emplacement on his land above Maseline Harbour. With help from Bailey Gill and Flynn Martin, around seventy tonnes of earth were moved to uncover the circular platform. Kevin uncovered a small section a few years ago but this is the first time that the whole area has been cleared. Sark was the least heavily fortified of the Channel Islands during the Occupation with just a handful of gun emplacements including one at Point Robert and another on the top of the windmill. Kevin’s research indicates that the gun on his land would have been able to reach targets up to five miles away therefore defending Sark from the air and from seaborne attacks from the east. Nearby there are the remains of small underground rooms that would have been used for storing ammunition and sheltering the troops operating the weapon. Unusually most of the platform is paved with granite setts that Kevin thinks were removed from the slipway in Creux Harbour when the Germans installed anti-tank obstacles there.
Pictures and words by Sue Daly. Photos from top show …
The newly uncovered gun emplacement
Bailey, Kevin & Flynn