My Mum told me there was a gun battery on the Shore Fields in New Ferry- dont know when that was moved though
The gun battery at Shorefields was manned by Poles. There were a series of barrack huts erected to billet them in. The guns were removed in late 1944/early 1945 when the danger of Luftwaffe bombers reaching Merseyside had long since passed. The barracks were then used as a POW camp housing German and Italian prisoners. There was no barbed wire around them - it was an "open" prison where the inmates were allowed out to work on local farms during the daytime. Some of them even dated local New Ferry girls - as one elderly lady who lived in Pollitt Square at the time told me last year when I was exhibiting my Luftwaffe bomber pilot collection at Fort Perch Rock Museum (which I will be doing again this coming Easter Monday!).... her sister went out with one of them on a date, and her mother always said for a foriegner he was one of the "politest dates" any of her daughters had gone out with!
From 1948 the barracks were used as temporary housing for people who had lost their homes in the bombing on Merseyside. The buildings were empty in the early 1970s and finally demolished. Some of the trees that survive opposite Pollitt Square, on Shorefields, originally were planted in the "gardens" around the huts when people lived in them.
You can find out more about New Ferry and its wartime History
on my website www.newferryonline.org.uk
Look in the History
section, and at the Photos & Memories page, particularly the 1940s page.