The Second World War saw new buildings added to Yoxter firing range to the northwest of Priddy and the creation of a bombing decoy complex on Black Down. The Black Down decoy was part of the Second World War defences of the city of Bristol against enemy air raid attacks.
The decoy comprised lighting decoys (QL sites), intended to simulate the city lights and railway marshalling yards, and fire decoys (QF sites) which gave the illusion of targets having been set alight. Control bunkers for the bombing decoys survive on Black Down.
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