A storage locker
Base of a live shell

The base of the shell found during the archaeological survey in 2006. Note the fuze in in the centre. Armour Piecing shells had the fuze in the base.

Serapong 6-Inch BL Battery No.2 Emplacement

1946 photo of the emplacement.
The No.2 Gun in 1946

The overhead cover had been destroyed by a Japanese bomb on the 18th January 1942. The gun had also been extensively damaged and had been replaced from the Reserve. When the Gun and Magazine were spiked on 14th February 1942, the Magazine exploded completely and caused most of the damage visible in the photo. The explosion left a large crater, the edge of which is seen in the right hand side of the photo. The area of the emplacement with the Ammunition Hoist was completely destroyed and there are no remains of this. Shells ready for use on the emplacement were scattered and one is circled. One at least fell into the gun well. This must have been covered with earth from the explosion, and was not found until 27th May 2006. Other shells have been found in the past, and more may remain.

The emplacement from the rearThe damage to the emplacement
ABOVE LEFT: The Emplacement in 2006.    
ABOVE RIGHT: The Gun Well showing the extent of damage from the Magazine explosion.

A cartridge recess showing damageCartridge recesses fron the magazine crater
ABOVE LEFT: A Cartridge Recess cracked by the explosion.    ABOVE RIGHT: Recesses from near the top of the crater.

The emplacement from the glacisPart of the Magaziner roof
ABOVE LEFT: The Emplacement from the Glacis. A small building is beyond the emplacement.
ABOVE RIGHT: A section of the magazine roof found some distance from the Emplacement.

Building and pieces of the emplacementLive 6-Inch Shell
ABOVE LEFT: Pieces of the Emplacement blown by the explosion against a building some 25metres away.
ABOVE RIGHT: The live, fuzed 6-Inch Shell was found when clearing the Gun Well.

The shell The Ballistic cap
ABOVE LEFT: Aaron Keo, Peter Stubbs & Lim Chen Sian (Archaeologist) with the shell.
ABOVE RIGHT: The shell and, inset, Its Ballistic Cap after removal.