Welcome to this blog which is intended to accompany a website on how Suffolk was defended during the Second War. The blog will describe my trips out and about looking for the remains of the Second War defences while the Website will concentrate on putting these into context.

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Monday, 31 May 2010

Bawdsey Beach Pillboxes

As well as the remains of obstacles already blogged on,  two pillboxes can also be found on the beach to the south of the emergency battery. These pillboxes were part of the defences for this battery (another can be found on the beach to the north of the battery). Both are type 22's and unusually for second war pillboxes  they had heavy metal doors. The embrasures were also reinforced with metal plates, of which one can be seen on the beach.  Traces of the internal brick anti-ricochet wall can be seen.The remains of the anti-tank wall defending the battery to the south can also be seen (it is intact in parts to the north). Two further pillboxes can be found on the cliffs above the beach,  but more on these on the next blog.

Photo 1: Two type 22's on beach
Photo 2: Type 22 and remains of anti-tank wall
Photo 3: Type 22 with metal door nearby
Photo 4: One of the metal plates fixed above the embrasures for reinforcement

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