AOP, Sir Cecil's Ride (Braemar Hill) [????- ]
15 May 2009 Update: Originally this was listed as a pillbox. Now we know it was an Artillery Observation Post (AOP), so I've updated the title.
There's a picture of this pill box on Google Earth. In that picture you can clearly see Mt Parker in the background. But today the box is completely surrounded by undergrowth and small trees.
The design is different to other PBs I've seen, in that it really does look like a box, a concrete cube. And it's not as big as, say, the PBs at Jardine's Lookout. I wonder if it's an earlier design.
It has one wide, low, loophole which points to the North, maybe for a machine gun. The other walls have small rectangular loopholes. These openings are lined with pebbles. There appear to be no metal covers protecting the loopholes.
Outside above the main loophole is a kind of concrete 'shield', (which I also haven't seen before). The shield is studded with tennis-ball sized stones as camoflage.
The box has suffered major structural damage. It's cracked right through and the cracks run all around the structure. It looks like the cracking was caused by explosions inside, as the interior walls have blast damage but there's no corresponding damage outside. (An attempt at demolition?)
As I mentioned on the Japanese tunnels topic, part of the concrete floor is missing inside. The earth has been dug out and there is a small tunnel leading off to the South. Probably goes 4 to 5 metres. It's crawling room only so I don't know if it stops there or goes on. I didn't crawl in!