|76||Blog: Fascinating new evidence at Cuckmere Haven!
A couple of visits to Cuckmere Haven have located the sites of two demolished pillboxes. Some graffiti dating to 1940 was also discovered.
|23 May 2011|
|77||Blog: Five years on - and the best year so far!
"I may get out and about during the summer to visit the invasion coast." It's been five years since I wrote these words on 10 March 2006, unwittingly sparking the Defence of East Sussex Project; I still can't believe how I've got to where I am now.
|10 March 2011|
|78||Blog: Cat Scratch Fever: anti-landing trenches
You can see why an archaeologist friend of mine refers to them as cat scratches. Luftwaffe aerial photographs show the locations of trenches dug on the Downs to prevent aircraft landing. Fieldwork reveals surviving evidence.
|26 February 2011|
|79||Blog: Water company unearths roadblock obstacles
A story reported by the BBC recently described how work on replacing water pipelines in Seaford was delayed by the discovery of some WW2 concrete obstacles.
|25 February 2011|
|80||Blog: Data failure
I've had yet another data mishap due to an extreme failure on my laptop. Fortunately, I have managed to access most of the data I thought had been lost, but my email is still affected.
|25 February 2011|
|81||Blog: The airstrips that never were
Further to my discovery of a series of airstrips in a concentrated area, research has revealed the what, why and when surrounding this little mystery.
|9 January 2011|
|82||Blog: An interesting earthwork
A quick forray into the woods to locate an airstrip resulted in my finding what appears at first glance to be an artillery gunpit.
|8 January 2011|
|83||Blog: My largest find
A chance conversation led to an interesting afternoon's investigation and the largest piece of surviving evidence I've found to date.
|30 December 2010|
|84||Blog: Viking School (5) - Demolitions
'Blowing things up' formed part of the the "Viking" unit's specialist training; this included removing obstacles on assault landing beaches to crossing minefields and acts of sabotage.
|25 December 2010|
|85||Blog: Viking School (4) - Mortar and Grenades
Question: what do you do with 1,200 grenades, 180 mortar bombs and 1,000 thunderflashes? Answer: have some fun! However, one day of exercises resulted in 4 casualties.
|24 December 2010|
|86||Blog: Viking School (3) - Small Arms
The syllabus and ammunition schedule for the "Viking" Commandos reveals a lot about the training being undertaken in the coastal sector of East Sussex. Evidence can still be found in the landscape.
|23 December 2010|
|87||Blog: Viking School (2) - Trenches
Wherever the Army went in East Sussex during World War Two, they would be followed by an outcrop of slit trenches. As we will see, the trenches in one training area were dug for different purposes.
|23 December 2010|
|88||Blog: Viking School (1) - Footprints in the landscape
A series of excursions some months ago took me to some areas which had witnessed Commando training; to my delight evidence of this training was still to be found 70 years on.
|21 December 2010|
|89||Blog: In Remembrance
I recently took two trips to Hastings Cemetery to locate the graves of service personnel who lost their lives through enemy action or accident. Having found many WW2 graves in one small plot, the stories behind those laid to rest here are fascinating, if inevitably tragic.
|1 November 2010|
|90||Blog: Rail blocks
My research has so far revealed the locations of over 600 roadblocks in East Sussex. However, railway lines were also blocked using similar methods, but I've never really investigated rail blocks to date.
|16 October 2010|
|91||Blog: Pillbox find at Southease Bridge
I recently went looking for the site of a Type 24 pillbox near Southease Bridge on the River Ouse between Newhaven and Lewes, and, much to my surprise, actually found it.
|11 October 2010|
|92||Blog: Roadblock Recce (32) - revisits
Since starting the Roadblock Project in July 2008, further information has come to light and I've revisited a few sites, some by chance and some on purpose and have uncovered a few extant remains.
|4 October 2010|
|93||Blog: Pier pillbox
Having been in Brighton yesterday for non-research purposes, I couldn't resist a quick trip to see a pillbox underneath the entrance to the old West Pier.
|4 October 2010|
|94||Blog: Bunkers on a golf course
A trio of Type 25 pillboxes on a golf course at Seaford have been generating traffic in my inbox regarding a supposed "secret" installation that they guarded. A bit of research provides the answer.
|3 October 2010|
|95||Blog: Roadblock Recce (31) - Rye
Although I covered many of the roadblocks in Rye two years ago, I had yet to visit a sequence of blocks along the Royal Military Road. The most interesting site still has a handful of pimples extant.
|22 September 2010|
|96||Blog: Back to work
A lot has changed on the Defence of East Sussex Project front over the past year, not all of which is apparent from reading this blog or other section of the website.
|5 September 2010|
|97||Blog: Pillboxes for Dummies
Trawling through the National Archives last year I came across some plans for building dummy pillboxes, and, knowing that such devices were used in small numbers in East Sussex, I decided to build a 3D model of one.
|30 July 2010|
|98||Blog: Site redesign
You may have noticed a few design alterations creeping in across the website of late as part of my online strategy. The most visible change is perhaps the replacement of the 'Pillbox' logo graphic at the top of each page.
|26 June 2010|
|99||Blog: Monday 24/6/40
A recent foray out into the field lead to the discovery of some grafitti on some dragon's teeth that provided some excellent dating evidence of a defensive line that included a section of anti-tank ditch.
|24 June 2010|
|100||Blog: Cuckmere Haven Defences Model V.3.1
Those of you who have attended one of my talks will know that I've built a 3D 'virtual reality' model of the defences of Cuckmere Haven and blog followers have seen some elements of the model already.
|15 June 2010|
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