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, 18 February 2013

Renovated Pillbox, Hollesley

Received news that the local Young Offender Instituion at Hollesley had renovated a second pillbox along the seawall from Shingle Street heading north towards Boyton (I posted awhile back about the Type 22 with the flying buttress that they had renovated).  So on a very foggy Sunday I went to have a look. This was another superb job done, the pillbox this time being a 'Suffolk Square'.  But if you want to see it as it is now, best to go sooner rather than later as it may be blocked up and converted for bats.

First three images show the pillbox when I visited last time, quite overgrown. It was possible to enter but you had to fight you way in through the brambles.

The following images show the pillbox as it is now. Note the remains of a Turnbull Mount for a light machine gun (almost certain this mount was for a Bren gun).

It turned out to be quite a productive afternoon as the tide was the lowest I had seen it in the area and I was able to jump a creek and get onto a small island with two Type 22's which I've never been able to get to in the past. Some photos of those on the next post.

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