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    Default Savernake Forest

    nmp-mapping-savernake-ammunition[1].jpgNot exactly sure where I came by this plan & photo?? or where the store area was??

    savernake-ammunition-dumps[1].jpg

    Found it http://wtp2.appspot.com/wheresthepat...z=17&oz=8&gt=2

    In google earth there is a photo of a ruined Nissen hut.
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    English Heritage say:

    Savernake

    A series of ammunition storage bunkers in Savernake Forest constructed during or shortly after WWII were seen as earthworks and mapped and interpreted from a combination of lidar derived imagery and aerial photographs as part of the Savernake Forest NMP project. The main information on the bunkers was recovered from the lidar derived imagery, but there are slight traces of what might be the initial works relating to the bunkers on the USAAF photographs from 1944. There are 14 bunkers in all, the majority aligned down the Grand Avenue with one outlier on Charcoal Burners Road. From the lidar derived imagery it looks as though the bulk of the bunkers follow the same pattern. They consist of a sub-rectangular mound against the road with a pen-annular bank curving round from the edges of the mound forming blast walls and leaving a flat area which would have been the location of the actual dump.


    Mostly US use but was considered, in 1941, by the Air Ministry as an RAF Forward Ammunition Depot but never built.

    The image on GE is the remains of a store on Charcoal Burner's Road
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    Default Re: Savernake Forest

    1943 US Army Ord. Dept. site plan:


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    One of two railheads served the US Army Ordnance Battalion Depot O-675 Savernake Forest. As shown on the Post # 3 map (below) Savernake North was here:

    http://wtp2.appspot.com/wheresthepat...z=17&oz=7&gt=1

    http://www.bing.com/maps/?v=2&cp=sjx...om&form=LMLTCC



    and

    Marlborough raihead at the former junction here:

    http://wtp2.appspot.com/wheresthepat...z=18&oz=7&gt=1

    http://www.bing.com/maps/?v=2&cp=sk2...om&form=LMLTCC



    Unusual earth covered Nissen with brick end walls and brick blast wall for CW storage' Early igloo?



    Unusual covered trenches for CW storage:



    CW Component Storage:



    100 pound crated HE GP bombs (US):



    In addition to the US Army, both the British Army and the USAAF had munitions stores here.

    The Headquarters of the O-675 Depot was in Tottenham House here:

    http://wtp2.appspot.com/wheresthepat...z=18&oz=7&gt=1
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    Peter & Richard ~ Apparently there had been a major explosion on the Savernake Site that resulted in the death of some local people ?

    Have you ever seen anything official published on the incident ?

    Dave.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harboda77 View Post
    Peter & Richard ~ Apparently there had been a major explosion on the Savernake Site that resulted in the death of some local people ?

    Have you ever seen anything official published on the incident ?

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    Explosion at North Savernake. Mike Christensen. 341-50.
    The accident occurred on 2 January 1946 and was during the transfer of former German explosives from railway wagons to road trucks. Eight soldiers were killed and many acted with conspicuous bravery leading to the awards of the George Cross, George Medal and British Empire Medal and civilian awards to GWR staff. Central Ammuntion Depots had been established at a variety of locations, and forest sites were especially sought as further cover was not required.

    The location of 22 Ammuntion Storage Depot Savernake is clearly shown with the help of an excellent map. The sidings to serve the depot were near where the GWR Marlborogh branch had been slewed to join the MSWJ line on 6 March 1933 (this rationlization is described quite clearly). The North Savernake Ground Frame was opened on 18 August 1943. The accident itself is covered at some length. The National Fire Service eventually arrived but were ordered to withdraw and allow the fire to burn itself out. There were three severe explosions. For a time the railway services were interupted and had to be replaced by a bus service between Marlborough and Savernake. See letter from Keith J. Patrick (Number 24 page 477) concerning storage of chemical weapons at Loton Parh, Alberbury, and letter from Denis Owen (Number 23 page 400) and response to it from Mike Barnsley (Number 24 page 477) concerning rationalization of routes.


    See also: http://www.geograph.org.uk/gallery/s...world_war_6660

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    George Cross awards -


    On 2 January 1946, he was at an ammunition depot in Savernake Forest when ammunition being loaded from lorries into railway trucks caught fire. A three-ton lorry, and two twenty-tonne railway wagons were destroyed almost immediately. Secondary explosions then destroyed two more lorries and 27 wagons. In addition to the train being loaded, there was also a fully loaded train in the freight yard, in all 96 wagons, containing 2000 tons of explosive (5.5 inch artillery shells and mines), were threatened by the blaze. It is probable that had all this material been detonated, in addition to killing all the personnel present, severe damage would have been caused to the nearby town of Marlborough.[2][4]

    The first person on the scene to attempt to control the situation was Staff Sergeant Sidney George Rogerson (who was also to be awarded the GC for his actions). Rogerson organised the removal of the most seriously wounded, and personally rescued several from under the burning trucks. Biggs then arrived on the scene, and took command as the senior officer present. He rallied the men, despite the threat posed by the cordite charges of the shells being set off by the heat, firing them at random. He personally uncoupled one blazing wagon, with the assistance of another officer, pushed it to a safe distance, and extinguished it. Due to their efforts 69 wagons of ammunition were saved, it took until late morning on 3 January for the last fires to be extinguished. Even then, unexploded shells and detonators left the area, which was now reminiscent of a First World War battlefield, extremely hazardous.[2][4]

    In addition to GCs for Biggs and Rogerson, an MBE, two George Medals and five British Empire Medals were awarded to those present.[4] Biggs also received the Bronze Star, as a proportion of the ammunition was American.[2][5]

    The award was announced in the London Gazette of 8 October 1946, with the citation dated 11 October 1946:


    The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the award of the GEORGE CROSS, in recognition of most conspicuous gallantry in carrying out hazardous work in a very brave manner, to the undermentioned:

    Captain (temporary Major) Kenneth Alfred BIGGS (173490), Royal Army Ordnance Corps (London, N.10). No. 10536260 Corporal (acting Staff-Sergeant) Sidney George ROGERSON, Royal Army Ordnance Corps (Caterham, Surrey).[6]
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    The site of the incident; North Savernake spur railhead.

    http://wtp2.appspot.com/wheresthepat...=None&rov=None

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    Visited the area on Thursday and the local book shop had a copy of Roger Day's ' Savernake at War ' publication ISBN 0 9536601 2 5 that contains a number of period photographs including a couple on the Marlborough Landing Ground with an upside down Hawker Fury.

    Apparently it was first published in 2007 and this is another print run.

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