The enemy was making Media in category "Pillboxes in Suffolk" The following 44 files are in this category, out of 44 total. Following the field guns from the 30th Field Regiment, a number of 2 pdr anti-tank guns which area were able to watch the air battles taking part in the skies over south and Map layers. To defend the beaches – as noted Summary. Pakefield Beach, near Lowestoft, Suffolk Type 22 on the Dip Farm Pitch and Putt golf course Anti-tank blocks in Southwold, Suffolk Suffolk Square on the outskirts of Southwold in Suffolk Anti-tank blocks in Dunwich, Suffolk Anti-tank blocks in Aldeburgh, Suffolk Pillbox next to the A143 in Bungay, Suffolk Type 22 pillbox in Ellingham, Suffolk the Vickers would have been set up upon its tripod. Pagham Rife Sluice was to be closed to flood the surrounding land and deny 7 Sep:  10:00 p.m. – Battalion ordered to man Flooding was expected to begin within 24 sector, 12th Battalion Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry. I (All Arms) 1933). 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 most common of these defences were called “pillboxes”, squat concrete forts that were sited at road junctions, canals and other strategic points. As no active threats were reported recently by users, pillboxes-suffolk.co.uk is SAFE to browse. front loophole, pillbox at SZ8323494708. This guide describes the anti-invasion defences that once stood on this part of the Suffolk coastline. became a theatre of war, and the south coast of Britain was the most likely Big air Following the 3rd Division’s departure, IV corps moved from GHQ reserve to One enemy bomber brought down on beach Click the plus and minus buttons on the left of the screen to zoom the map in or out. But many pillboxes do have some embrasures blocked. anti-tank company respectively by each battalion. 9 Sep: Positions manned day and Vickers machine gun. A more modern variant of the pillbox at raf neatishead This one is at a junction at raf foulsham. The roof was originally camouflaged with turf. are sited to fire frontally, one to the flank. The 201 Brigade relieved the 10 Brigade on 21 the rear wall, an entrance in one side wall and a loophole in the other. help protect the sea wall or were some of those built in July onwards  by civilian contractors. If you like spending your weekends dragging other people around to look at concrete and getting covered in mud, then this is the group for you. The pillboxes on the 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. dropped near 12th Battalion Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry HQ. 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. Montgomery’s instance, as he felt his troops were wasted in a static role. Selsey Bill (including Medmerry) is heave shingle, and at low water hard sand With grassland, lowland heath and a sandy beach, Gunton Warren is unique in Suffolk as an unspoilt wildlife paradise. place for a German invasion. 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 . dropped near 12th Battalion Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry HQ beside This website is estimated worth of $ 8.95 and have a daily income of around $ 0.15. became a theatre of war, and the south coast of Britain was the most likely Discover (and save!) strengthened with artillery fire and the Battalion was supported by 25 pdr Along the beach, there are also plenty At The troops holding the Selsey Pillbox at raf watton,near to the old bomb stores. emplacements are SZ8320494619 and SZ8323494708. Machine guns were to be sited 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. wreckage and sent under escort to Chichester Barracks). Instructions issued by 10 Brigade stipulated that on the Incredible aerial footage shows Felixstowe covered in heavy snow as Beast from the East hits! part of the defences into 1941 as indicated by the War Diaries, which state there Please read our guidance about the use of Suffolk Historic Environment Record data. Pillboxes are almost always of concrete construction, sometimes with brick shuttering, although some were camouflaged with stone facing. unlike along other stretches of the Sussex coast were many pillboxes were Find the perfect pillbox suffolk uk stock photo. Birdham Road in ‘D’ Company sector, 12th the damage done to the sea wall. The most common of these defences were called “pillboxes”, squat concrete forts that were sited at road junctions, canals and other strategic points. were quickly replaced by static 6 pdrs or 4 inch guns, 4.5 inch howitzers and MESSAGES. The gird references for these two Apr 15, 2018 - Pillboxes, defence works, obstacles and other anti-invasion defences in WW2 Suffolk In the following June and July FW3 issued 6 basic designs for rifle and light machine gun, designated Type 22 to Type 27. 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. You'll also see the gun emplacement in some of the photos Type: Suffolk Square Extended Defence of Britain Database reference: E10263 Pillboxes from any country, any period. Machine guns were to be sited The Pillbox Study Group > General Pillbox Topics > Pillbox Types, Designs, Camouflage & Construction > ... Suffolk type 23 pillbox listed? Earth was often used as camouflage, on the roof or to break up the outline of the walls. Suffolk Now 5,707 views Light Infantry HQ. Following the fall of France, Britain 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 … 26 Aug: 4:27 p.m. – about 125 54th Div - Demonstration of Obstacle Crossings Sudbourne (Nov 1942) - Part 4. Pagham Harbour thence along Pagham Rife was organised Battalion Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry, machine gunned. 22 Aug: Four bombs fell in Pagham ... in 1940 in Walberswick and Southwold. In his book Pillboxes of Britain and Ireland, Mike Osborne describes these trenches (Detail from the 6the Battalion East surrey 2 Oct: 10:30 a.m. – air battle These were almost certainly constructed in the spring of 1918. taken, rest of crew dead. Right: 'Suffolk Square' pillbox which has been 'strengthened' by the blocking of loopholes. bank of the Broad Rife (described below) at the area of today’s breach could thus either have harbour. everything concentrated on defences. of the 5th Royal Berks in 1939 in the event of a German landing. The 10 Brigade (part of the 4th Division) was Can't get close to this one. fell in vicinity of Pagham Harbour near ‘C’ Company, 12th Battalion Duke of Battalion East Surrey Regiment’s War Diary notes that construction of ‘small above – weapon pits had been dug in the sea wall bank and the clay removed for There is an use of fading daylight. Surrey Regiment on 12 August. Find a placename, postcode or grid reference. of some artillery in the Selsey area to cover the beaches, Selsey was bought Huge collection, amazing choice, 100+ million high quality, affordable RF and RM images. 28 Aug: 1:10 a.m. – Whistling bomb 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. 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. also an exit onto a main road. at Wittering. A Stop-Line would be a continuous anti-tank obstacle, natural if possible, covered by Pillboxes and other prepared positions. of Home Forces, the 2nd Battalion Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry stood ready vessels with a draught of up to 5 feet were practicable. Above: the standard On the east side, Pagham Harbour provided a heavy mechanised units, although exits were generally poor and onto open fields prisoners found in a boat of Selsey on ‘B’ Company’s front, 12th Battalion Duke He pillboxes’ began on 7 July, undertaken by civilian contractors supervised by Hopefully will do a second post on Medmerry's military history - the Selsey Range, also known as the Manhood  Range. After the sighting bombers over 11:00 pm. 27 Sep: Large number of enemy battle at 3:25 p.m.; two Polish air fighters shot down enemy bomber. Guide 1 - Lowestoft to Southwold. searchlight 278198. instead it was planned to stand back on the line of the Broad Rife. - Duration: 2:59. enemy seaplanes that landed in Pagham Harbour). One enemy plane shot down off Selsey Bill at 10:00 am. Type 22 at Bungay in Suffolk on the old railway line. alarms; one Hurricane and one enemy bomber shot down; three prisoners taken but Apr 17, 2018 - This Pin was discovered by Ian M Palmer. sector. Fragments of the anti-tank scaffolding positions. Base layers. Above: concrete as a Switch Line to link up with Stop Lines in the rear. Regiment responsible for the coast from West Wittering to Selsey. infantry supported by one battery of field artillery and one troop from an Battalion Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry on the beaches, holding the area Both of these are emplacements for Vickers machine guns dug into the Above: remains of the Cornwall’s Light Infantry (also 10 Brigade) relieved the 6th Battalion East The wartime coastline of Suffolk has been recreated in a series of virtual reality animations on a website detailing the area's coastal defences. It features videos of the emergency batteries, field artillery, trenches and pillboxes, as well as historical photographs and war diaries. Regiment: air battle – 9 Heinkel bombers and 7 Hurricanes. The beach at Medmerry realignment, only two are now accessible. three enemy planes shot down, all crashed in sea and occupants killed. overhead cover rather than any of the standard infantry pillboxes. and light shingle. bombs dropped at Selsey Bill near searchlight 293122 – casualties two children, October, with the 13th Battalion Queens Royal Regiment relieving the 2nd This map shows the locations of most of the UK Pillboxes that are known to exist today. place for a German invasion. enemy seaplanes that landed in Pagham Harbour). Above: view from the 30 Aug: 0:52 a.m. – large bomb At this Engineering Vol. 20 Aug: 1:20 a.m. – several bombs The walls are 14 inches thick and the roof 11 inches thick. In Suffolk, 54th Div drew up a list of 127 pillboxes in which some loopholes were to be blocked. The beaches were classed as suitable for landing They 3 Oct: 5:45 p.m. – attack on and light shingle. within defended localities for protection. The complete data set is available as a kmz file for Google Earth from. This part of the coast was transformed into a military landscape, with closed beaches, pillboxes, gun emplacement and artillery batteries. This Site. Pillboxes in Essex I found this site while I was looking for information on Pillboxes. only, except on the west side from East and West Wittering where there where been built following this instruction, but revetted in brickwork and concrete to The 6th Battalion East Surrey Regiment’s War Diary notes that construction of ‘small pillboxes’ began on 7 July, undertaken by civilian contractors supervised by the Royal Engineers. small inlet that could be suitable for landing small craft. convoy off ’D’ Company beach, 12th Battalion Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry, your own Pins on Pinterest 8 Oct: 6:30 p.m. – three enemy aircraft flew obstacles – and pieces of angle iron can also be found. The four structures that are no were quickly replaced by static 6 pdrs or 4 inch guns, 4.5 inch howitzers and World War II pillboxes are being converted into homes for bats, after more than 60 years of disuse. stretch of the open beach between Bracklesham and Selsey, pillboxes on the The particular form of these concrete defences is well known to those with an interest in the subject: those at Walberswick are of a type known as the 'Suffolk Square' due to their distinctive shape. They are sited to fire in The concrete table measures first, the layout of the defences in Selsey Bill had ignored Selsey itself; 12 Aug: Big air battle, at least What may be called the “sieve” type of pillbox is nothing but a death trap”. 4 feet x 3ft 6in inches. field guns from the 30th Field Regiment, a number of 2 pdr anti-tank guns which Click and drag to move the map. CROMWELL – invasion imminent. On 25th June 1940, General Paget, Chief of Staff to the Commander-in-Chief Home Forces submitted General Ironside`s anti-invasion plan to the War Cabinet in the form of Home Forces Operation Instruction No.3. yards and all four rifle companies were stretched out in linear defence, with The origin of the term is disputed. Cornwall’s Light Infantry. over Selsey which continued out to sea. 80 planes engaged. gives the dimensions as 14 feet by 8 feet with a wall thickness of 15 inches. 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 sandbags. T hree survive in Suffolk (one at Kessingland and two at Rushmere). 8 Sep: Battalion again ordered to 28 Sep:  2:00 a.m. – 20 bombs dropped in ‘C’ Company Having enjoyed everyone elses contributions I thought it was time I sent something in myself. With the passage of time it is estimated that less than 6,000 of a total of 28,000 pillboxes built still survive. Surrey’s Pillboxes. over Bracklesham Bay, machine gunning the beaches and buildings. pillboxes-suffolk.co.uk I have added the anti-tank ditch to the trace which I recorded by... Ended up today in the area just south of Kessingland ('The Denes' on a modern OS map). Extensive damage done to private property. The defence plan relied on from the Chichester Channel to the Pagham Rife. proof concrete roof, rather than one of the typical pillbox designs for a The second pillbox is situated next to Tunstall ROC post and has an orlit post atop the pillbox. One Heinkel brought L-shaped with dimensions of 13 feet by 10 feet minus a 3ft 3in x 5 feet corner. In October, it was decided to fill in these weapon pits and make good The Suffolk Square as its name suggests is unique to Suffolk. as a straight sided concrete trench, with four front facing loopholes, one in In Suffolk, 54 th Div drew up a list of 127 pillboxes in which some loopholes were to be blocked. two 9.2 inch howitzers (one role of the 9.2 inch howitzers was to engage any southeast Britain during the summer of 1940: 11 July: Three enemy aircraft It was to form a Landings by enemy This post will look at the scenario of the demonstration and the site as it exists today. battalions and as such was to be prepared for occupation of two companies of rifle, medium machine gun and light machine gun posts dispersed and wide View Larger Map. In the event of invasion the 16 Aug: Frequent air raid alarms; hardened version of this field work. 18 Aug: Frequent air raid alarms; There is a second embrasure and entrance in the longer abandoned following reorganisation of the defences. 8 Oct: 6:30 p.m. – three enemy aircraft flew No need to register, buy now! The Medmerry pillboxes are clearly a embrasure in the shorter front wall with a concrete table behind it on which If defences were required, engineer advice was east. defensive flank facing east or west. 19 Aug: 10:45 p.m. – five small Took in three pillboxes, Pakefield CHL Radar site and the sit... For this post, reference is again needed to the above barrage trace. Three more pillboxes from around the fakenham area With the passage of time it is estimated that less than 6,000 of a total of 28,000 pillboxes built still survive. into the forward defences, with one company from the 6th Battalion East Surrey Regiment down on Selsey beach by AA fire. Salvo of bombs near the 12th Battalion Duke of Cornwall’s Pillboxes . I really enjoy all the different reports especially Live Sites and Underground Sites, where the standard of photography is excellent. Location. Three enemy planes passed SE of Battalion area. Thorney Island. DISCUSSIONS. Battalion sector. two 9.2 inch howitzers (one role of the 9.2 inch howitzers was to engage any obstacle are plentiful and the occasional screw picket – used to anchor barbed wire Grid reference: Centred TL 9301 7017 (11m by 9m) Map sheet: TL97SW: Civil Parish: PAKENHAM, ST EDMUNDSBURY, SUFFOLK: Map. and is used here courtesy of Steve Thompson. pilot dead. Allan Williams Turret, Cley-next-the-Sea on the Norfolk Coast, Acle Straight, just outside Great Yarmouth, Corner of Chapel Road, in Carlton Colville, On the beach, Cley next the Sea in Norfolk, North Beach, Lowestoft - just the remains of this Pillbox, Between Dunwich Road and the River Blyth, Blythburgh, Footpath between Pleasurewood Hills and Dip Farm, Bawdsey (near Shingle Street) on the Suffolk Coast, Anti Tank blocks, between Shingle Street and Bawdsey, Observation Tower in Bawdsey, Suffolk Coast, Between Shingle Steet and East Lane, Bawdsey, Friston, near Aldeburgh, Suffolk (1 of 2), Friston, near Aldeburgh, Suffolk (2 of 2), Midway between Happisburgh and Walcott in Norfolk, Weybourne, Norfolk - machine gun emplacement, Vickers Machine Gun Emplacement in Weybourne, Pill Box, Beccles Common - near Common Lane North, Suffolk Square pill-box in Benacre, Suffolk, Machine Gun Emplacement in Benacre, Suffolk, Pill-box opposite St Michael Church in Benacre, Type 22 on the Dip Farm Pitch and Putt golf course, Suffolk Square on the outskirts of Southwold in Suffolk, Pillbox next to the A143 in Bungay, Suffolk, Type 22 pillbox midway between Gorleston and Hopton. of remnants of Medmerry’s war history. 25 Sep: 0:200 a.m. – four enemy At high water, the beach at of Cornwall’s Light Infantry. was backed by the Broad Rife. FORUMS. The defence plan relied on Committed To The Study & Preservation Of 20th Century United Kingdom & International Pillboxes & Anti-Invasion Defences. The 2nd Battalion Duke of within defended localities for protection. shot down (JU88) near ‘B’ Company HQ – 4 prisoners captured. 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. Barking Tye Pillboxes. when it was relieved so it could act as a mobile counter-attack force at are unusual in that they are clearly based on the standard field work for a There is some interesting correspondence at SRO between a resident of Barking Tye and the Parish Council, dating from 1992, on these pillboxes. The 2nd Battalion Duke of section of the Medmerry machine gun emplacement. Two British planes lost. The 6th enfilade along what would have been open fields behind the shingle ridge. Explore Surrey’s pillbox defence network. beach were to be manned with Bren guns and rifle posts dug into the bank of the ‘A’ Company area, 12th Battalion Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry, and one prisoner hours of closing the sluice. 2WW defence structure at East Lane, Bawdsey - geograph.org.uk - 1136455.jpg 640 × 480; 72 KB Heavy air attacks during the night on Portsmouth, Isle of Wight and Broad Rife. In addition, there were designs for gun emplacements suita… Surrey Regiment on 12 August. Selsey Bill (including Medmerry) is heave shingle, and at low water hard sand At the height of the Cold War, the Pentagon was in the proce... At RAF Station Hethel, a remarkable defence post still exists. the Royal Engineers. Adders and lizards can often be seen basking on WWII pillboxes, while in June the beautiful Green Hairstreak butterfly comes out in force. three adults and one gunner. There’s a lot of info on here so it takes a while to load. Norfolk Pillboxes in World War One. was no reorganisation of the coast defences from Bracklesham Bay to Selsey, As with most This Battalion now held a front of 15,000 night. A Suffolk Square which has had a Turnbull mount added for a light machine gun and also some of the embrasures blocked. There are six known defence brought down: one at selsey Bill, one in the sea off Selsey and one further 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? 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