Posted: 24 November 2006 12:47
My third and final day of my visit, I arrived here an hour later than planned due to a last-minute decision to go chasing pillboxes. I've seen a total of 5 and a spigot mortar pedestal today, although my photos taken from the train are not clear.
Back in the archives, I haven't much success yet in tracing any RE units working on Dymchurch Redoubt. I've checked a couple of war diaries, but the annoying thing with them generally is the level of detail recorded. Some diaries are fabulously detailed, recording the map references of pillboxes, while others simply record movement of Officer personnel and precious little else.
I've had an interesting flick though the defence scheme for the Bexhill area though. I've got a few lose ends to tie up this afternoon, and then I'm back home.
A military plan of defence for a specified area. Defence Schemes were issued at numerous levels. Defence Schemes were later known as Plans to Defeat Invasion on the orders of General Montgomery.
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.
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