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  Bootless Bay Battery (Stokes / Maata Ridge, Pari Village)   
Australian Army
"Letter Battery"
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Justin Taylan 2003

Location
One of the Port Moresby Gun Batteries. This battery was initially set up on the shores of Kila Bay, than moved to higher ground of Stokes / Maata Ridge near Pari Village, and finally, to a more permanent location at Drysdale Ridge.

Construction
Built by the Australian Army as one of Port Moresby "Letter" Gun Batteries to emplace a battery of 155mm M3 Carriage Guns.

Lower Structures
The lower portion of the hillside has a circular concrete mount, and an square concrete area, possibly for a support building or search light. According to locals, there is another platform on a further hill where there was a searchlight.

Hilltop Gun Pit
The top of the hill has a gun pit dug into the ground, and reinforced with metal sheets to hold back the earth and metal posts for camouflage over top.  Its a crude emplacement, as it was later abandoned. Some tent posts and encampment area are nearby.

References
The 'Letter' Batteries for dates and information related to this battery
Thanks to John Douglas for additional information.

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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