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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Saturday, 26 April 2014

New WW1 anti-invasion / Home Defence Website

I thought I'd announce my latest venture, a look at the WW1 defences in Britain (with a Suffolk emphasis) with a quick post on the image of the pillbox on the home page of the new website.

The image comes from a postcard, on which I was tipped off about, and shows a WW1 circular pillbox at Friston, Suffolk. It is constructed from cast concrete blocks. This design of pillbox was almost certainly constructed in the spring of 1918 as fears for Home Defence grew as a result of the German Spring offensive. It is certainly an improvement on the 1917 circular pillboxes, constructed from cast concrete with huge embrasures! It's role was to guard the exit from any enemy landings on the beaches in  the Aldeburgh area


Above: Circular WW1 pillbox, Friston. Image taken in the 1930's.

The Pillbox was incorporated into the Second War anti-invasion defences, as were many of the WW1 pillboxes.


The same pillbox in WW2.

However, sadly it was one of the many defences to have been demolished since WW2. All that remains today are a few WW2 concrete sandbags and perhaps one of the concrete blocks from the pillbox itself. 



Above: Top - a few concrete sandbags.
Bottom - one of the concrete blocks used to construct he pillbox?

The new website can be found at:


As with the other two sites, it is a continual work in progress, with many ideas for new pages. Just not sure when I'll get the time to run all three though!



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