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The only other thing strange with this gun pit is that it appears the top section of this passage  way has been removed from about half way up the wall, most likely to allow it to be filled with rubble as it was filled in during the 60’s to allow a road to be built following the inside of the security fence.

When you look closely at the photo on the left, you can see that this short gun reloading gallery has indeed had the top of it knocked off.  The end wall top has also been knocked off, indicating that it was in place when this happened.

If you have a look at this 1941 map from the Mitchell Report, showing the direction the electrical cables run from the engine room up to a searchlight and Anti-Aircraft Battery. You’ll notice a track leading down to this gun pit and it is obviously not that accurate in that it shows the track entering the pit at about it’s half way point. Certainly not near it’s burster slab.

This track is very strange in that it actually is shown on this 1942 photo as intersecting the gun pit in the gun reloading gallery (the blue arrows point to the track on both the plan and the photo.

Not only that, on the plan it shows what looks like steps drawn as it goes around the bend and then presumably levels out into this gallery.... Strange!  To top it all off, have a look at where this cable is shown as being routed to this search light. It appears to enter this summit battery escarpment right where the tunnel appears to be on page 32 of this article... Even stranger!!!

This photo on the left, found in the Mitchell Report, is very interesting. The caption accompanying this photo says that this excavation shows the width of the concrete lip of the 8” BLMP pit. Lips such as these are known as the “Burster Slab.” It is strange that it has the same shape, going in a similar direction as the supposed tunnel depicted in the Maritime Map as shown overlaid on Google Earth on the next page.

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