Posted: 23 July 2008 22:32
I drove out to Polegate today; I had previously establishedthat there were no roadblock remnants, but the report records 4 blocks that were not on the sketch plan I already have.
The photograph shows the south side of the level crossing in the town centre. Polegate was a nodal point - effectively two nodal points - divided by the railway line. Another roadblock was situated just north of the level crossing in case German tanks advanced along the track itself. Another block was sited along Black Path off to the right, out of shot.
An interesting development seems to have occurred in Brook Street, where a roadblock was recorded; the earlier sketch map just shows a string of anti-tank mines laid across the road. However, the report lists the block as having 4 bent and 3 straight rails, but significantly, no sockets in the road in order to be able to use them. There were also 33 buoys onsite, but by this time, the buoy was deprecated, hence the mines. The block was regarded as redundant, perhaps because of the presence of the mines as much as the reduced threat of invasion.
Of the 15 blocks listed at Polegate, one was unidentifiable (the grid reference placed it nearer Bexhill) and one was two miles up the A22 at a point where pulling over and parking is not an easy option, but I'll be able to reach it on my bike when I cover the Hailsham blocks in the near future.
Otherwise, 13 locations today is 2 up on yesterday's 11. 449 to go...
Small concrete roadblock obstacle comprising a truncated cone with domed base. A hollow shaft down the centre allowed the buoy to be manhandled using a crowbar. Buoys were deemed of little value by 1941 and cylinders seen as a better solution.
Defended road junction(s), usually within a village/town with a Home Guard garrison intended to deny enemy use of the roads. Nodal Points were not to defend the village, but solely the road network. Category 'A' Nodal Points were to hold out for 7 days after invasion without outside assistance.
Concrete-lined shafts dug into road surfaces into which rails or RSJs (hairpin or straight) could be inserted to form a roadblock. When not in use, a wooden cover was placed over each socket.
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