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Monday, 8 March 2010

Dunwich Part 1

Sun 7th March - visited Dunwich area today. In the large (and free car park!) can be found some anti-tank cubes and a twin Vickers machine gun pillbox. The cubes are no longer in their original location and have been used to reinforce the rear of the shingle ridge, with fishing sheds/boat winches placed on top. At least 52 remain and they are approx 3 ft cubes. The pillbox, mostly hidden with corrugated sheet is a twin Vickers machine gun pillbox. One of the embrasures can be seen from the nearby field. More or less sheltered from the elements, some of the camouflage paint has remained around this embrasure. Remains of turf camouflage on the roof  can also be seen. The 1/7th Middlesex did have a Vickers machine gun section in the area during 1940/41 but the grid ref I have puts the guns a little to the north of the pillbox, but it could be that the grid ref is slightly out? The field of fire of the pillbox would have meant  a hail of fire in enfilade along the beach and fields to the north of Dunwich.
Top photo - anti-tank cubes.
Second down - twin Vickers machine gun pillbox.
Third and forth down - camouflage paint clearly visible around one of the embrasures.
Bottom - field of fire along the beach from the right hand embrasure.

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