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Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Barmston, East Yorks

OK, so if you follow this blog regularly you will have seen all these pillboxes before, but the area is simply one of the best walks for pillboxes and they always look slightly different according to the  light, the season etc. These photos were taken in the mid afternoon September sunshine on  my recent visit up north. All pillboxes are of the Northern Command Lozenge type (except for one photo of the rear of an 'Eared' Pillbox).

The last time I saw this pillbox, on a caravan park to the south of Barmston, it was half buried under earth!

Above: The pillbox landscape to the south of Barmston.

Above: The pillbox landscape just to the north of Barmston. Note the sweeping field of fire the twin Vickers (Eared Pillbox) had - rear of pillbox shown in middle image.

These last two images of a Lozenge Pillbox were actually taken on  Flamborough Head, been wanting to visit this one for years but the field has always been under crop on previous visits.

To end this blog, a photo of a postcard that I picked up of some of the Home Guard (Yorks Regt) - if anyone can recognise the location I would love to know!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Dave. 1RWF ( Royal Welch Fusiliers) had responsibility for the Barmston pill boxes from 1940 (after Dunkirk, until 1942. A Coy were designated as the troops who manned them. The battalion had been badly mauled at Dunkirk and this was their opportunity to recover, get back to full manning strength and retain. By early 1942, they sailed to the Far East, fighting at Donbaik, Kohima and Imphal, not returning until 1945