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76 Blog: Flying Bombs over East Sussex
On the night of 12th-13th June 1944 - barely one week after the Allied invasion of France - the Germans unleashed the first of their Vengeance Weapons in the shape of the V1 flying bomb.
29 July 2011
77 Blog: Why Cuckmere Haven is of national importance
In 2008 the Environment Agency announced its intention to withdraw maintenance of the flood defences at Cuckmere Haven thereby threatening the future of the area's heritage.
30 May 2011
78 Blog: Fascinating new evidence at Cuckmere Haven!
A couple of visits to Cuckmere Haven have located the sites of two demolished pillboxes. Some graffiti dating to 1940 was also discovered.
23 May 2011
79 Blog: Five years on - and the best year so far!
"I may get out and about during the summer to visit the invasion coast." It's been five years since I wrote these words on 10 March 2006, unwittingly sparking the Defence of East Sussex Project; I still can't believe how I've got to where I am now.
10 March 2011
80 Blog: Cat Scratch Fever: anti-landing trenches
You can see why an archaeologist friend of mine refers to them as cat scratches. Luftwaffe aerial photographs show the locations of trenches dug on the Downs to prevent aircraft landing. Fieldwork reveals surviving evidence.
26 February 2011
81 Blog: Water company unearths roadblock obstacles
A story reported by the BBC recently described how work on replacing water pipelines in Seaford was delayed by the discovery of some WW2 concrete obstacles.
25 February 2011
82 Blog: Data failure
I've had yet another data mishap due to an extreme failure on my laptop. Fortunately, I have managed to access most of the data I thought had been lost, but my email is still affected.
25 February 2011
83 Blog: The airstrips that never were
Further to my discovery of a series of airstrips in a concentrated area, research has revealed the what, why and when surrounding this little mystery.
9 January 2011
84 Blog: An interesting earthwork
A quick forray into the woods to locate an airstrip resulted in my finding what appears at first glance to be an artillery gunpit.
8 January 2011
85 Blog: My largest find
A chance conversation led to an interesting afternoon's investigation and the largest piece of surviving evidence I've found to date.
30 December 2010
86 Blog: Viking School (5) - Demolitions
'Blowing things up' formed part of the the "Viking" unit's specialist training; this included removing obstacles on assault landing beaches to crossing minefields and acts of sabotage.
25 December 2010
87 Blog: Viking School (4) - Mortar and Grenades
Question: what do you do with 1,200 grenades, 180 mortar bombs and 1,000 thunderflashes? Answer: have some fun! However, one day of exercises resulted in 4 casualties.
24 December 2010
88 Blog: Viking School (3) - Small Arms
The syllabus and ammunition schedule for the "Viking" Commandos reveals a lot about the training being undertaken in the coastal sector of East Sussex. Evidence can still be found in the landscape.
23 December 2010
89 Blog: Viking School (2) - Trenches
Wherever the Army went in East Sussex during World War Two, they would be followed by an outcrop of slit trenches. As we will see, the trenches in one training area were dug for different purposes.
23 December 2010
90 Blog: Viking School (1) - Footprints in the landscape
A series of excursions some months ago took me to some areas which had witnessed Commando training; to my delight evidence of this training was still to be found 70 years on.
21 December 2010
91 Blog: In Remembrance
I recently took two trips to Hastings Cemetery to locate the graves of service personnel who lost their lives through enemy action or accident. Having found many WW2 graves in one small plot, the stories behind those laid to rest here are fascinating, if inevitably tragic.
1 November 2010
92 Blog: Rail blocks
My research has so far revealed the locations of over 600 roadblocks in East Sussex. However, railway lines were also blocked using similar methods, but I've never really investigated rail blocks to date.
16 October 2010
93 Blog: Pillbox find at Southease Bridge
I recently went looking for the site of a Type 24 pillbox near Southease Bridge on the River Ouse between Newhaven and Lewes, and, much to my surprise, actually found it.
11 October 2010
94 Blog: Roadblock Recce (32) - revisits
Since starting the Roadblock Project in July 2008, further information has come to light and I've revisited a few sites, some by chance and some on purpose and have uncovered a few extant remains.
4 October 2010
95 Blog: Pier pillbox
Having been in Brighton yesterday for non-research purposes, I couldn't resist a quick trip to see a pillbox underneath the entrance to the old West Pier.
4 October 2010
96 Blog: Bunkers on a golf course
A trio of Type 25 pillboxes on a golf course at Seaford have been generating traffic in my inbox regarding a supposed "secret" installation that they guarded. A bit of research provides the answer.
3 October 2010
97 Blog: Roadblock Recce (31) - Rye
Although I covered many of the roadblocks in Rye two years ago, I had yet to visit a sequence of blocks along the Royal Military Road. The most interesting site still has a handful of pimples extant.
22 September 2010
98 Blog: Back to work
A lot has changed on the Defence of East Sussex Project front over the past year, not all of which is apparent from reading this blog or other section of the website.
5 September 2010
99 Blog: Pillboxes for Dummies
Trawling through the National Archives last year I came across some plans for building dummy pillboxes, and, knowing that such devices were used in small numbers in East Sussex, I decided to build a 3D model of one.
30 July 2010
100 Blog: Site redesign
You may have noticed a few design alterations creeping in across the website of late as part of my online strategy. The most visible change is perhaps the replacement of the 'Pillbox' logo graphic at the top of each page.
26 June 2010

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