Posted: 10 March 2007 21:44
http://www.pillbox.org.uk is finally ready to go!
After several delays, I wanted to finally launch the site today as it's exactly one year ago that I first expressed an interest in anti-invasion defences and now, numerous field and archive visits later, here I am with a website on the subject!
I should provide a health warning though; the site is still in a bit of a mess as some of the records in the Concrete Evidence database have not been fully written up with their full set of photographs, and other issues (such as stop lines, terminology and relationships), still need to be resolved and refined.
The referencing system is not yet fully functional, so your favourite book/archive document/web address will not yet appear on the site - please be patient!
At this moment in time, I have no idea of the scope of the site; in my previous blog post I outlined features I intend to include on the site when I have time, but the burning question is whether I limit the site's scope to just Sussex and Kent.
This is sort of kyboshed by the fact that I include a few defences outside of this area (such as London) that I've visited, which perhaps indicates that the site will be about the sites that I personally find.
However, I've already had offers to contribute material to the site, and, as long as it meets the standards I've set with what I've already done, then I'm very much inclined to allow others to contribute, as this can only strengthen the interest in, and understanding and study of the subject.
However, I need to first gauge the reaction to what I've already done and see how things go.
Enough of this monologue; visit http://www.pillbox.org.uk and let me know what you think; post a response to this blog or email me!
Generic term for a hardened field defensive structure usually constructed from concrete and/or masonry. Pillboxes were built in numerous types and variants depending on location and role.
A physical continuous anti-tank barrier, normally a river and/or railway line, often defended by pillboxes. Stop line crossings (roads, railways and bridges) were to be made impassable.
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