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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Tuesday, 19 October 2010

More from Yorkshire

I have just not had the time time to get out and about in Suffolk lately, so this post is about a couple of section posts on the East Yorkshire Coast. They are basically chevron shaped concrete posts based on the 'V' shaped earthwork section post.  They consist of a sunken concrete 'V shaped trench' with embrasures at field level. One example can be found at Robin Hood's Bay (with a sunken entrance at each end) and another at Cayton Bay (sunken entrance on each of the inner walls). Half of the one at Cayton has already fallen over the cliff top and the one at Robin Hood's bay is sure to suffer from cliff top erosion in the near future. This type of section post was probably more common in the North than on the East Anglian Coast - I am unaware of any examples in Suffolk although similar 'L' shaped section posts can be found in Norfolk (e.g. Bacton).
This blog and the accompanying website have now been going for about one year. I realise the blog has strayed all over the place - not just focused on its original objective to document field work on existing anti-invasion defences in Suffolk. This is mostly due to the fact that the more I have looked into the whole subject the more info I have found and the more threads to follow up on. The whole project has been more successful than I ever dreamed off (with near on 3000 hits on the website and 2400 hits on the blog since May 2010 - I would have considered a 100 hits a success!!) so thanks to everyone who has taken the time to look.
Time now to announce another 'Work in Progress' as it already has had a few hits:
This site is intended to look at civilian roles in respect of anti-invasion preparations - from the Home Guard to Emergency and Invasion Committees.
Images 1 to 3: Section post, Robin Hood Bay.
Image 4: Simple Google sketchup model on the above section post.
Image 5 to 7: Section post, Cayton Bay.
Image 8: Page from 1925 Manual of Field Works, illustrating various earthwork section posts including the 'V' or chevron shaped post.

































































Monday, 4 October 2010

Anti-tank blocks

If you follow Peter Hibbs blogs on Defence of East Sussex project, you will have seen his very informative post on a road block on the Royal Military Canal. This reminded me of some 'cones' I have come across at Minsmere, Westleton, Thorpeness and Rushmere Lodge, Friston. They are cast iron  filled with cement with a lid on top and I am wondering if they were intended to form part of a road block (similar to buoys).
The lid was wide rimmed and may have facilitated moving the cone into position. A 'true' buoy'  was rounded on the bottom - see the picture below taken from a GHQ memo on experiments with anti-tank obstacles, but these cast iron examples would have certainly served a similar purpose if they are actually road block obstacles. Unfortunately did not take any measurements at the time the pics were taken - will have to go back at some time and get these. On the down side, have not yet found any mention of these in Defence Schemes or actually matched them to a road block.
Good progress being made on second website (Civil Defence and Home Guard) - watch this space as they say!

Images 1 and 2: Concrete filled metal cones, Westleton
Image 3: Concrete filled  metal cone, Thorpeness
Image 4: 'Buoy' - from GHQ Experiments with anti-tank obstacles - The National Archives.