TM3641 : Pillbox / machine gun emplacement

taken 3 years ago, near to Shingle Street, Suffolk, Great Britain

Pillbox / machine gun emplacement
Pillbox / machine gun emplacement
The pillbox cum machine gun emplacement has been constructed on top of the Martello tower. The alphabetical designation of this tower is 'Z'.
WWII fortifications along the East Anglian coast
Along the East Anglian coastline, as elsewhere in the British Isles, a number of WWII coastal anti-invasion defences remain more or less intact. Between Felixstowe and The Wash, a large number of these were hastily constructed in 1940, necessitated by the imminent invasion by Nazi Germany (Operation Sealion). Out of an estimated 28,000 only just over 6,000 survive.
Many are hidden from view; others have now become part of the landscape, some put to other uses.
The defences take various forms, the most commonly seen is the pillbox, (sometimes called a blockhouse) these themselves come in many forms: usually having four, five or six facets. The most common being the hexagonal shape with a blast wall protecting the entrance. The embrasures differ too, from small to large and varying in number in each wall. Occasionally a narrow slit along the whole of the wall facing the invader is the only opening although these are usually observation posts. Other defences can also still be found, tank-traps, great square concrete blocks, and some pyramidal called dragonís teeth were in the 1950s a common sight on the side of a strategic road. Most if not all these have been removed. The Royal Observer Corps had many installations too, some looking quite like pillboxes but with a completely different operational role.
Today they are nothing more than permanent monuments and a silent tribute to the courage and tenacity of the British people during the uncertainty of the early 1940s when Britain stood alone against Nazi Germany.
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TM3641, 13 images   (more nearby )
Photographer
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Date Taken
Saturday, 30 August, 2014   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 30 August, 2014
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Defence, Military 
Primary Subject of Photo
Military Relic 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TM 36103 41952 [1m precision]
WGS84: 52:1.5419N 1:26.4096E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TM 3613 4190
View Direction
North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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