|151||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|
|152||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|
|153||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|
|154||Blog: Roadblock recce (18) Boreham Street - Ninfield - Catsfield
My roadblock site visits have now hit the 150 mark following a trip to Boreham Street, Ninfield and Catsfield. I found a pair of pimples embedded in a wall as well as a slit trench.
|29 December 2008|
|155||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|
|156||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|
|157||Blog: Roadblock recce (17) John's Cross - Cripp's Corner
On my way into Kent today, I stopped off and did some roadblock work at John's Cross and Cripp's Corner.
|17 December 2008|
|158||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|
|159||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|
|160||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|
|161||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|
|163||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|
|164||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|
|165||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|
|166||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|
|167||Blog: Roadblock recce (16) - Alfriston
I visited six roadblock sites around Alfriston today, finding 130 buoys, approx. 15 pimples and the only bent RSJ that I know to still be in situ.
|2 November 2008|
|168||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|
|169||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|
|170||Blog: Roadblock recce (16) - Mayfield and Horam
I managed to get out to see a total of 20+ roadblock sites today, mostly in the Mayfield area. I recorded a total of 17 buoys, although only two were at a site listed in the 1941 Roadblock Report.
|29 October 2008|
|171||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|
|172||Blog: Roadblock recce (15) - Kingston near Lewes
I went out in search of six roadblock locations at Kingston near Lewes today and ended up making an interesting discovery a couple of miles up the road at Iford.
|28 October 2008|
|173||Blog: Roadblock recce (14) - Isfield
I briefly went AWOL from a family outing to Isfield in order to visit 3 roadblock locations; I also chanced upon a possible loopholed wall.
|26 October 2008|
|174||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|
|175||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|
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