|126||Blog: Eight new trenches
I returned today to the spot where I found two new section localities on my previous visit and am fairly certain that I've found eight new trenches with two pieces of luck.
|24 January 2009|
|127||Blog: Website redesign!
I've made a few changes to pillbox.org.uk, adding a whole new section outlining my various projects.
|22 January 2009|
|128||Blog: The Real Dad's Army
The TV documentary that originally sparked the Defence of East Sussex Project was shown again yesterday.
|18 January 2009|
|129||Blog: National Archives visit
My first trip of 2009; I'm continuing the trawl through Canadian documents although missing defence schemes have frustrated me thus far.
|17 January 2009|
|130||Blog: Fired by a Bren gun?
Finding a .303 cartridge up on the Downs today, I decided to examine it minutely with anorak precision and I think it was fired by a machine gun.
|11 January 2009|
|131||Blog: National Archives visit
My last visit of 2008 is turning up a few interesting documents; I've already found a location statement for a machine gun battalion, plus a few odds and ends.
|30 December 2008|
|132||Blog: Away in a slit trench
I spent Christmas morning up on the Downs discovering yet another slit trench; nothing remarkable in light of recent discoveries, but it did reveal useful construction data.
|25 December 2008|
|133||Blog: Shape-changing trench
A return visit to a Downsforce location revealed six new slit trenches and one that had changed shape since I last saw it...
|21 December 2008|
|134||Blog: Downsforce - flame trap, pipe mine and yet more trenches
I spent the morning up on the Downs in an area occupied by a company of Downsforce troops, looking for more trenches, a flame trap and a Canadian pipe mine.
|14 December 2008|
|135||Blog: Cuckmere Haven defences to be lost under water
The Environment Agency has today announced plans to end maintenance of flood defences at Cuckmere Haven, consigning the surviving WW2 defences to a watery grave.
|10 December 2008|
|136||Blog: Important Sussex defence work demolished
It is with regret that I have to report the destruction of the WW2 roof on Martello Tower 55 at Norman's Bay.
|7 December 2008|
|137||Blog: Mapping a Downsforce platoon locality
I spent a very cold and windy morning up on the Downs mapping out a platoon locality. A productive rummage in the long grass revealed a total of 5 new slit trenches.
|30 November 2008|
I've spent the past few days creating Pillboxopedia, an encyclopedia of terms relating to UK anti-invasion defences and the invasion threat in general.
|22 November 2008|
|139||Blog: Foxhole becomes rabbit hole
Having been laid up with a cold the past few days, today's visit onto the Downs was short, but I did find a new slit trench and yet more shrapnel.
|16 November 2008|
|140||Blog: Time Team - Lost WW1 bunker
This evening's Time Team Special examined the excavation of a WW1 brigade HQ near Paschendaele. I've been searching for a similar structure dug in East Sussex by the Canadians in 1941.
|10 November 2008|
|141||Blog: In Remembrance
Earlier this year I paid a visit to Rye and found the graves of three men who died within ten days of each other at the height of the invasion scare in 1940.
|9 November 2008|
|142||Blog: Shorncliffe: birthplace of modern soldiering
Despite my East Sussex focus I went to Kent on a fascinating tour of Shorncliffe Redoubt, the military cemetery and a WW1 training trench system. A WW2 pillbox was also on the itinerary.
|8 November 2008|
|143||Blog: Pillbox site redesign
Over the past couple of weeks I've been redesigning the Defence of East Sussex Project homepage and the site in general.
|1 November 2008|
|144||Blog: National Archives visit
I've been doing a bit of everything this week - hence the recent deluge of blogging. I'm on a quick visit to Kew to tie up a few loose ends and fill some gaps, with some success.
|31 October 2008|
|145||Blog: Petroleum warfare at Kingston and Southease
Further to my visit to Kingston, I was also there to investigate flame fougasses. There were 5 of these booby traps at Kingston and 6 at Southease.
|28 October 2008|
|146||Blog: Downsforce: Firle Beacon
I went for a walk up to Firle Beacon to investigate positions occupied by Downsforce. A few hours spent in a howling gale revealed seven slit trenches I had missed on previous visits.
|25 October 2008|
|147||Blog: Mount Caburn (2)
I went back to record the various WW2 earthwork defences on Mount Caburn today and to compare my research with the published data on the area.
|18 October 2008|
|148||Blog: Mount Caburn
I've paid a couple of visits to Mount Caburn this year to investigate the wartime slit trenches that were dug on the ramparts of this iron age hillfort.
|12 October 2008|
|149||Blog: Downsforce Project
In the past few months I've been cultivating an interest in Downsforce, which was a conglomerate of units tasked with tackling German forces on the high ground between the River Ouse and the Cuckmere River.
|11 October 2008|
|150||Blog: Ashdown Forest
Ashdown Forest was a very busy place during WW2, being used as a training area as well as being the location of the famous Aspidistra transmitter.
|5 October 2008|
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