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Benbecula Battle HQ

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Benbecula Battle HQ, 2008, bootneck
Benbecula Battle HQ
Entrance in foreground

Benbecula Battle HQ was a World War II battle headquarters located on the island of Benbecula, intended to protect RAF Benbecula in the event of invasion. The structure follows a standard design pattern, known as 11008/41.

The purpose of the Battle HQ was to deny the use of an airfield to an enemy in the event of an invasion. Sited to provide good coverage of the runways, the Battle HQ was heavily reinforced to resist attack by enemy troops which may have been parachuted in to take over the airfield, and was provided with a concrete roof over two feet thick (0.4 m), and underground rooms for the defenders. The Battle HQ would have been located in a position which gave it an uninterrupted view of the airfield, allowing the commander to best direct the fire of airfield defenders to deny an attacker or invader from having access to its facilities.

The remains lie in a field about 40 metres southwest of an abandoned farmsteading identified as Knock Rolum on OS mapping, and southeast of present day Benbecula Airport (EGPL), a civil airfield operated by Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL).

The ground around this Battle HQ has weathered and been considerably eroded over the years, leaving the underground structure partially exposed on a raised mound

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