WWII fortifications along the East Anglian coast :: Shared Description

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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by Adrian S Pye
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TG1141 : WW2 pillbox with natural camouflage by Adrian S Pye
TM3542 : Hexagonal type FW3/22 pillbox by Adrian S Pye
TM2831 : The XDO blockhouse at Landguard by Adrian S Pye
TM5496 : A Suffolk Square pillbox by Adrian S Pye
TM5184 : Pillbox NE of Benacre church by Adrian S Pye
TM5383 : Pillbox south of Beach Farm, Benacre by Evelyn Simak
TM3338 : Type FW3/22 pillbox at Bawdsey marshes by Adrian S Pye
TM3540 : One of the rooms in the battery by Adrian S Pye
TM2831 : Looking at Landguard Fort between the twin gun emplacements by Adrian S Pye
TM5076 : WW1 pillbox at Reydon by Adrian S Pye
TM3337 : Type FW3/22 pillbox protecting Bawdsey Manor by Adrian S Pye
TM2831 : Line of anti-tank blocks and a coastal searchlight emplacement by Adrian S Pye
TM4889 : Accommodation huts for LAA unit personnel by Adrian S Pye
TM2831 : Upper storey of the XDO blockhouse by Adrian S Pye
TM4975 : A Suffolk Square pillbox by Adrian S Pye
TM5386 : Pillbox in the garden of clifftop houses by Adrian S Pye
TM5294 : Anti-Tank blocks at Oulton by Adrian S Pye
TM5491 : Lowestoft Grand Battery observation and control post by Adrian S Pye
TM3540 : WW2 Bawdsey Coast Battery by Adrian S Pye
TG3532 : Walcott village sign by Adrian S Pye
TM5387 : Pillbox on the cliffs at Kessingland by Adrian S Pye
TM5286 : WW1 Pillbox in a cornfield at Kessingland by Adrian S Pye
TM2831 : WW2 military building by Adrian S Pye
TM3539 : Engine or generator house for the WW2 Bawdsey Battery by Adrian S Pye
TM5282 : Subterranean building revealed in cliff face by Adrian S Pye

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Created: Mon, 1 Nov 2010, Updated: Wed, 26 Aug 2015

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