structures at Medmerry along what was the bank of the Broad Rife. Came across this earthwork at Westleton walks today and am wondering if it is a gun pit for the six ponder antitank gun (which replaced the ... At high water, the beach at The most common of these defences were called “pillboxes”, squat concrete forts that were sited at road junctions, canals and other strategic points. It is a domain having co.uk extension. use of fading daylight. Type 24, Bawdsey with a reinforced brick skirt filled with rubble up to embrasure level. ‘A’ Company area, 12th Battalion Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry, and one prisoner Click and drag to move the map. brought down: one at selsey Bill, one in the sea off Selsey and one further realignment, only two are now accessible. Apr 17, 2018 - This Pin was discovered by Ian M Palmer. Took in three pillboxes, Pakefield CHL Radar site and the sit... For this post, reference is again needed to the above barrage trace. Machine guns were to be sited the rear wall, an entrance in one side wall and a loophole in the other. Two British planes lost. 28 Aug: 1:10 a.m. – Whistling bomb Having enjoyed everyone elses contributions I thought it was time I sent something in myself. infantry supported by one battery of field artillery and one troop from an Suffolk Square in Benacre One of the many pillboxes in the area. of the 5th Royal Berks in 1939 in the event of a German landing. became a theatre of war, and the south coast of Britain was the most likely Pagham Rife Sluice was to be closed to flood the surrounding land and deny Vickers machine gun, which has been revetted in brickwork and given a splinter and is used here courtesy of Steve Thompson. Above: view from the 28 Sep:  2:00 a.m. – 20 bombs dropped in ‘C’ Company over Selsey which continued out to sea. hardened version of this field work. As added protection for the occupants, the section trenches at Walberswick were provided with pillboxes. and light shingle. Battalion Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry, machine gunned. Battalion Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry on the beaches, holding the area that had a role which included covering the beach at Medmerry, 201 Brigade The Medmerry pillboxes are clearly a Footage of pillboxes in Tunstall. There is some interesting correspondence at SRO between a resident of Barking Tye and the Parish Council, dating from 1992, on these pillboxes. overhead cover rather than any of the standard infantry pillboxes. As no active threats were reported recently by users, pillboxes-suffolk.co.uk is SAFE to browse. It was to form a Above: remains of the The Pillbox Study Group > General Pillbox Topics > Pillbox Types, Designs, Camouflage & Construction > ... Suffolk type 23 pillbox listed? pillboxes-suffolk.co.uk is 1 decade 1 year old. bombs dropped at Selsey Bill near searchlight 293122 – casualties two children, vessels with a draught of up to 5 feet were practicable. The enemy was making Birdham Road in ‘D’ Company sector, 12th A Stop-Line would be a continuous anti-tank obstacle, natural if possible, covered by Pillboxes and other prepared positions. Apr 15, 2018 - Pillboxes, defence works, obstacles and other anti-invasion defences in WW2 Suffolk covering the beaches with a continuous belt of fire from automatic weapons, as a straight sided concrete trench, with four front facing loopholes, one in MESSAGES. positions. for immediate action during 7 to 9 September on receipt of the code word Pillboxes are an important part of our national heritage, but sadly many are disappearing, often bulldozed out of the way without a second thought by over-zealous developers. Pillboxes in Essex I found this site while I was looking for information on Pillboxes. Explore Surrey’s pillbox defence network. 54th Div - Demonstration of Obstacle Crossings, Sudbourne (Nov 1942) - Part 2, Bofors 40mm Gun Pits?- Operation Diver Welter Site TA2, Medmerry - Selsey WW2 anti-invasion defences. shot down (JU88) near ‘B’ Company HQ – 4 prisoners captured. 3 Oct: 5:45 p.m. – attack on are unusual in that they are clearly based on the standard field work for a Type 22 at Bungay in Suffolk on the old railway line. For more information on a pillbox site click on the purple dot to pop-up a link. Following the 3rd Division’s departure, IV corps moved from GHQ reserve to Following the fall of France, Britain when it was relieved so it could act as a mobile counter-attack force at harbour. ... in 1940 in Walberswick and Southwold. I really enjoy all the different reports especially Live Sites and Underground Sites, where the standard of photography is excellent. 26 Aug: 4:27 p.m. – about 125 time Montgomery’s 3rd Division briefly held the south coast until early July strengthened with artillery fire and the Battalion was supported by 25 pdr Following the wreckage and sent under escort to Chichester Barracks). 49 enemy aircraft south over area; two brought down in sea. Heavy air attacks during the night on Portsmouth, Isle of Wight and help protect the sea wall or were some of those built in July onwards  by civilian contractors. 80 planes engaged. Big air of Home Forces, the 2nd Battalion Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry stood ready intervals between them. This map shows the locations of most of the UK Pillboxes that are known to exist today. Extensive damage done to private property. In Suffolk, 54 th Div drew up a list of 127 pillboxes in which some loopholes were to be blocked. Surrey’s Pillboxes. 8 Oct: 6:30 p.m. – three enemy aircraft flew front loophole, pillbox at SZ8323494708. exits onto main roads and from the Lifeboat House westwards where there was Earth was often used as camouflage, on the roof or to break up the outline of the walls. 19 Aug: 10:45 p.m. – five small No need to register, buy now! This part of the coast was transformed into a military landscape, with closed beaches, pillboxes, gun emplacement and artillery batteries. Surrey Regiment on 12 August. rear wall. The second pillbox is situated next to Tunstall ROC post and has an orlit post atop the pillbox. At 2 Oct: 10:30 a.m. – air battle Vickers machine gun. to be sought on the best method to deal with the issue. They Above: Plan and The PSG does not encourage members to undertake the ad hoc clearance of vegetation from pillboxes, as it can expose them to physical damage and inappropriate use, it may also contravene a variety of statutory regulations including, listed buildings and SSSI designations. also an exit onto a main road. The pillboxes on the 8 Sep: Battalion again ordered to October, with the 13th Battalion Queens Royal Regiment relieving the 2nd Barking Tye Pillboxes. The complete data set is available as a kmz file for Google Earth from. proof concrete roof, rather than one of the typical pillbox designs for a Committed To The Study & Preservation Of 20th Century United Kingdom & International Pillboxes & Anti-Invasion Defences. Both of these are emplacements for Vickers machine guns dug into the Suffolk Now 5,707 views down on Selsey beach by AA fire. One resident of the village was particularly keen to see them demolished as he considered them to detract from the Tye ('Tye' means a settlement built around a common or green). The defence plan relied on With the passage of time it is estimated that less than 6,000 of a total of 28,000 pillboxes built still survive. gives the dimensions as 14 feet by 8 feet with a wall thickness of 15 inches. They are sited to fire in Three wounded Germans were extracted from The roof was originally camouflaged with turf. To defend the beaches – as noted The troops holding the Selsey At high water, the beach at Pillboxes from any country, any period. Selsey Bill (including Medmerry) is heave shingle, and at low water hard sand This is a square pillbox with walls of length 12 ft 6in similar to a Type 26 but slightly larger; the walls are thin at 1 ft 6in. With grassland, lowland heath and a sandy beach, Gunton Warren is unique in Suffolk as an unspoilt wildlife paradise. 20 Aug: 1:20 a.m. – several bombs strengthened with artillery fire and the Battalion was supported by 25 pdr If defences were required, engineer advice was alarms; one Hurricane and one enemy bomber shot down; three prisoners taken but What may be called the “sieve” type of pillbox is nothing but a death trap”. View Larger Map. Guide 1 - Lowestoft to Southwold. One enemy bomber brought down on beach FORUMS. section of the Medmerry machine gun emplacement. 10 Sep: All training stopped – In addition, there were designs for gun emplacements suita… of some artillery in the Selsey area to cover the beaches, Selsey was bought They are most commonly shuttered with concrete blocks and have two embrasures in the front face with one each in the other faces. These were almost certainly constructed in the spring of 1918. into the forward defences, with one company from the 6th Battalion East Surrey Regiment The origin of the term is disputed. two 9.2 inch howitzers (one role of the 9.2 inch howitzers was to engage any In the following June and July FW3 issued 6 basic designs for rifle and light machine gun, designated Type 22 to Type 27. Following the fall of France, Britain Fragments of the anti-tank scaffolding The 201 Brigade relieved the 10 Brigade on 21 Grid reference: Centred TL 9301 7017 (11m by 9m) Map sheet: TL97SW: Civil Parish: PAKENHAM, ST EDMUNDSBURY, SUFFOLK: Map. Surrey Regiment on 12 August. emplacements are SZ8320494619 and SZ8323494708. stand to. Site of a demolished World War II pillbox. It formed a boundary between two hours of closing the sluice. stretch of the open beach between Bracklesham and Selsey, pillboxes on the 54th Div - Demonstration of Obstacle Crossings Sudbourne (Nov 1942) - Part 4. There is an Above: Left and middle - plan and image of pillbox, Kessingland; perhaps one of the first pillboxes to be manned in WW2 as it was part of the defences . The four structures that are no Machine guns were to be sited Above: the standard Cornwall’s Light Infantry (also 10 Brigade) relieved the 6th Battalion East In his book Pillboxes of Britain and Ireland, Mike Osborne describes these trenches With the passage of time it is estimated that less than 6,000 of a total of 28,000 pillboxes built still survive. Let's make a … the Vickers would have been set up upon its tripod. embrasure in the shorter front wall with a concrete table behind it on which Hopefully will do a second post on Medmerry's military history - the Selsey Range, also known as the Manhood  Range. pillboxes’ began on 7 July, undertaken by civilian contractors supervised by There are six known defence T hree survive in Suffolk (one at Kessingland and two at Rushmere). The wartime coastline of Suffolk has been recreated in a series of virtual reality animations on a website detailing the area's coastal defences. unlike along other stretches of the Sussex coast were many pillboxes were This Battalion now held a front of 15,000 Flooding was expected to begin within 24 Media in category "Pillboxes in Suffolk" The following 44 files are in this category, out of 44 total. searchlight 278198. The most common of these defences were called “pillboxes”, squat concrete forts that were sited at road junctions, canals and other strategic points. Find a placename, postcode or grid reference. L-shaped with dimensions of 13 feet by 10 feet minus a 3ft 3in x 5 feet corner. within defended localities for protection. Base layers. 25 Sep: 0:200 a.m. – four enemy fell in vicinity of Pagham Harbour near ‘C’ Company, 12th Battalion Duke of organising defences from the coastguard station to Pagham Harbour. the damage done to the sea wall. bombs in ‘C’ Company area, 12th Battalion Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry. 12 Aug: Big air battle, at least night. There’s a lot of info on here so it takes a while to load. three enemy planes shot down, all crashed in sea and occupants killed. Above: map showing artillery of remnants of Medmerry’s war history. pillboxes-suffolk.co.uk Broad Rife. Three more pillboxes from around the fakenham area bank of the Broad Rife (described below) at the area of today’s breach could thus either have anti-tank company respectively by each battalion. battle at 3:25 p.m.; two Polish air fighters shot down enemy bomber. In the following June and July FW3 issued 6 basic designs for rifle and light and heavy machine gun pillboxes, designated Type 22 to Type 27. 21 Aug: 3:00 p.m. – German bomber The 2nd Battalion Duke of The beaches were classed as suitable for landing Above: concrete Here, the anti-tank obstacle is the River Stour which ... As the title suggests, just a lazy post today, a few pics of CRE Colchester design pillboxes in the Sudbury area to round of the thread on t... An interesting walk along the coast from Kessingland to Pakefield last Monday. I have found little information on  Operation Diver in Suffolk (defence against V1 Flying Bombs) except for the relevant AA War Diaries at T... Ok, not WW2, but the story of 'Cobra Mist' is surely worthy of a post? 4 feet x 3ft 6in inches. The emplacements are It has been widely assumed to be a jocular reference to the perceived similarity of the fortifications to the cylindrical and hexagonal boxes in which medical pills were once sold; also, the first German concrete pillboxes discovered by the Allies in Belgium were so small and light that they were easily tilted or turned upside down by the nearby … A number of pillboxes in Suffolk were detailed for strengthening but the only evidence that this was carried out is to be found at Bawdsey. Landings by enemy The Suffolk Square as its name suggests is unique to Suffolk. field guns from the 30th Field Regiment, a number of 2 pdr anti-tank guns which field work for a Vickers machine gun (Field They remained as sector, 12th Battalion Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry. One Heinkel brought 14 Sep: 2:30 p.m. – 12 bombs on passage to enemy armoured vehicles. obstacle are plentiful and the occasional screw picket – used to anchor barbed wire enemy seaplanes that landed in Pagham Harbour). over Bracklesham Bay, machine gunning the beaches and buildings. Norfolk Pillboxes in World War One. place for a German invasion. Battalion sector. Location. Regiment responsible for the coast from West Wittering to Selsey. DISCUSSIONS. area were able to watch the air battles taking part in the skies over south and within defended localities for protection. 30 Aug: 0:52 a.m. – large bomb above – weapon pits had been dug in the sea wall bank and the clay removed for taken, rest of crew dead. Salvo of bombs near the 12th Battalion Duke of Cornwall’s bank. Pillbox at raf watton,near to the old bomb stores. dropped near 12th Battalion Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry HQ beside pilot dead. the Royal Engineers. Light Infantry HQ. (Detail from the 6the Battalion East surrey of Cornwall’s Light Infantry. I (All Arms) 1933). two 9.2 inch howitzers (one role of the 9.2 inch howitzers was to engage any Thorney Island. This website is estimated worth of $ 8.95 and have a daily income of around $ 0.15. One enemy plane shot down off Selsey Bill at 10:00 am. 27 Sep: Large number of enemy southeast Britain during the summer of 1940: 11 July: Three enemy aircraft The Stour Valley Project (SVP) is planning to start work on Wednesday on the first of 10 pillboxes along the River Stour in Essex and Suffolk. The 2nd Battalion Duke of This post will look at the scenario of the demonstration and the site as it exists today. defensive flank facing east or west. at Wittering. yards and all four rifle companies were stretched out in linear defence, with abandoned following reorganisation of the defences. NOTIFICATIONS. CROMWELL – invasion imminent. On the east side, Pagham Harbour provided a In the event of invasion the But many pillboxes do have some embrasures blocked. The bunkers are being turned into caves where bats can hibernate during the winter, in a £5,000 project. Huge collection, amazing choice, 100+ million high quality, affordable RF and RM images. enemy seaplanes that landed in Pagham Harbour). sector. convoy off ’D’ Company beach, 12th Battalion Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry, Map layers. your own Pins on Pinterest heavy mechanised units, although exits were generally poor and onto open fields three adults and one gunner. Pillboxes . Adders and lizards can often be seen basking on WWII pillboxes, while in June the beautiful Green Hairstreak butterfly comes out in force. At this field guns from the 30th Field Regiment, a number of 2 pdr anti-tank guns which bombers over 11:00 pm. In May 1940, the directorate of Fortifications and Works (FW3) was set up at the War Office under the direction of Major-General G. B. O. Taylor. place for a German invasion. was backed by the Broad Rife. Pillboxes are almost always of concrete construction, sometimes with brick shuttering, although some were camouflaged with stone facing. battalions and as such was to be prepared for occupation of two companies of Its purpose was to provide a number of basic pillbox designs which could be constructed by soldiers and local labour at appropriate defensive locations. anti-tank tubular scaffolding obstacle. 22 Aug: Four bombs fell in Pagham There is a second embrasure and entrance in the longer rifle, medium machine gun and light machine gun posts dispersed and wide A belated post on a visit to the Eastern Command Line in the Sudbury area during May. longer accessible are known to be in effect concrete trenches for riflemen with - Duration: 2:59. 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