|Blog: The Dover Quad - a colonial pillbox?
The so-called Dover Quad is a defence work classed as a 'pillbox'; not surprising, given its appearance. However, a new archive discovery has shed some light on the evolution of this oddity.
|16 July 2014
|Blog: Tragedy at Crowborough
In July 1944, a ferocious battle was being fought in NW Europe. The outcome of this battle could have a bearing on the outcome of war and casualties were high. However, this wasn't on the front line in France - it was in England.
|5 July 2014
|Blog: Eight Years
This week sees the eighth anniversary of the Defence of East Sussex Project! The past year has flown by, with some fantastic opportunities presenting themselves.
|13 March 2014
|Blog: East Sussex wartime writers and artists (4)
Burwash is most famous for an author whose books bore swastikas until the 1930's, but the Second World War saw a few more writers and artists plying their trade in the area.
|22 January 2014
|Blog: In Remembrance
In previous years my In Remembrance blog entries have focussed on army and civilian deaths - this year I look at civilians in battledress - the Home Guard.
|10 November 2013
|Blog: Protecting Aspidistra (1)
In November 1942, one of the largest radio transmitters in the world went into operation at Kingstanding on the Ashdown Forest in East Sussex. Documents and fieldwork reveal a new historical angle.
|30 August 2013
|Blog: East Sussex wartime writers and artists (3)
As today sees the 71st anniversary of the Dieppe Raid, I thought it appropriate to look at some photos of Canadian tanks with a Sussex connection.
|19 August 2013
|Blog: Your Britain - Fight for it Now
The iconic poster of the South Downs designed by Frank Newbould in 1942 has fascinated me for many years; close inspection reveals some interesting details.
|7 August 2013
|Blog: East Sussex wartime writers and artists (2)
Part two of this series looks at artists and writers in the South Downs of East Sussex.
|6 August 2013
|Blog: East Sussex wartime writers and artists (1)
During my research I have uncovered numerous references to writers and artists associated with East Sussex in some way and so I thought I'd document some of these links.
|3 August 2013
|Blog: 'Mission Accomplished' - Bomber Command memorial
A large crowd gathered on Beachy Head this afternoon to witness the first annual Bomber Command 'Mission Accomplished' Memorial Service.
|28 April 2013
|Blog: Bomb craters (10) - shell craters
A landscape feature that I've not yet covered in this series is what would have been the most numerous type of crater in Sussex - those made by artillery shells. A visit to the site of a live-fire exercise reveals some interesting evidence.
|14 April 2013
|Blog: Some of our Lobster Pots are missing
Since I was young I have been fascinated by the Luftwaffe's Rettungsbojen, which were floating refuges anchored in the English Channel for downed aircrew. The British nicknamed them Lobster Pots.
|12 April 2013
|Blog: Safety first!
It is often said that perhaps a million unexploded shells still lie beneath the WW1 battlefields of France and Belgium, but today I experienced an unexploded device in Sussex.
|6 April 2013
|Blog: Who shot at the Chattri memorial?
The Chattri is an unusual war memorial. Situated on the South Downs, it commemorates Indian soldiers who died in Brighton during WW1 and were cremated at this isolated spot. During WW2 the memorial suffered some damage.
|15 March 2013
|Blog: Seven years on
This week marks the seventh anniversary of The Defence of East Sussex Project and another year of progress!
|11 March 2013
|Blog: Canadian TEWT, German roadblock, British trenches
A Canadian TEWT exercise held in 1944 posed problems for reconnaissance units running into a German roadblock. The scenario was imaginary, but a visit to the site yielded unexpected results.
|26 February 2013
|Blog: Bomb craters (9) - another cemetery hit
A few months ago I posted a detailed analysis of bomb damage in Ocklynge Cemetery in Eastbourne. Hove Cemetery also suffered bomb damage, some of which is still evident today.
|27 December 2012
|Blog: Digital Meccano - the Stock Span Bridge
One of the things I love about Google Sketchup is the ability to model pretty much anything you care to measure up. Using some scale drawings I recreated a lesser-known bridge in use by the British Army in WW2.
|18 December 2012
|Blog: Bomb craters (8) - Camouflet crater
Not all bombs exploded when they hit the ground; an underground explosion would cause a cavity known as a 'camouflet'. Amazingly, landscape evidence of a camouflet still exists today.
|14 December 2012
|Blog: Another anti-tank ditch exercise
Following on from the anti-tank ditch I wrote about last month, some documentary evidence combined with a trip into a soggy landscape locates speculative evidence of a similar training exercise.
|7 December 2012
|Blog: Stop the Pigeon!
There has been a frenzy of media speculation about the content of a message with the remains of a wartime carrier pigeon discovered in a chimney in Surrey. I have nothing to say about the message itself, but do have an unsubstantiated theory about the bird's origin.
|23 November 2012
|Blog: RE Training Area (1) - Roads and anti-tank ditch
Documents recently lead me to locate a training area used by the Royal Engineers (RE) in 1939-40. Part 1 of this series examines road-making and an anti-tank ditch in this area.
|16 November 2012
|Blog: In Remembrance
I've been spending quite a bit of time in two cemeteries in recent months, most notably Ocklynge Cemetery in Eastbourne, but Hove Cemetery has also been subject to scrutiny.
|11 November 2012
|Blog: Bomb craters (7) - 'bouncing' bomb scars cemetery
Although the term 'bouncing bomb' is synonymous with the Dambusters, ordinary bombs were sometimes known to bounce long distances before exploding. Although there's no crater left, we find other evidence at the scene of an bomb incident.
|16 August 2012
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