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Saturday, 5 June 2010

On the cliffs above the beach which I've posted on during the last few posts, a further two pillboxes can be found. One is a unique combination of a type 22 and 23 pillbox (type 22 being the familiar hexagonal infantry pillbox and type 23 being a rectangular pillbox with an open chamber in which a light anti-aircraft mg was mounted and an enclosed infantry chamber). The other is a circular pillbox dating from the First World War. This pillbox has clearly been incorporated into the Second War defences as it has a  concrete slab added to the roof for re-enforcement and two Turnbull mounts for light mg's have been added. The mounts have been added to embrasures which would allow the mg's to fire in enfilade along the cliff top.
Photo 1: Combined type 22 and 23
Photo 2: Entrance to combined 22 and 23
Photo 3: Interior of combined 22 and 23 (taken in the infantry chamber of the 23 looking into the 22)
Photo 4: Circular First War pillbox - embrasures at different heights are typical of this design
Photo 5: Remains of Turnbull Mount
Photo 6: Machine gunners view looking south along Bawdsey cliff top

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