|101||Blog: In Remembrance
In previous years I have written about minefield accidents and I predicted in last year's Remembrance piece that I would be writing about similar events this year. I have found many more, but I'm going to focus on two events, one tragic, the other poignant.
|7 November 2009|
|102||Blog: Yet another Downs locality
An excursion in search of an underground battle headquarters took me into a small trenched locality on the Downs.
|22 October 2009|
|103||Blog: A new locality and trench #300!
An excursion last week saw me finally locate a missing company locality on the Downs - an amazing haul of 31 trenches took me well over the 300 mark.
|20 October 2009|
|104||Blog: It's not a Home Guard locality...
A return visit has made me change my mind on the locality I found recently; I now think it was an army position as a result of a map-reading error.
|28 September 2009|
|105||Blog: Another Home Guard Downs locality!
I spent a fantastic day hunting down a Home Guard locality, finding some slit trenches and some rare weapon pits.
|26 September 2009|
|106||Blog: A new Downs locality
I went up to a fresh area of the Downs to look for prepared positions and came away having identified 14 new slit trenches with at least another six possibles.
|24 September 2009|
|107||Blog: A Downland Home Guard locality
I spent a pleasant afternoon up on the Downs following the discovery of a Home Guard slit trench on some high ground overlooking a road.
|21 September 2009|
|108||Blog: Defended localities - St. Leonards - Hastings
I spent today in the St. Leonards - Hastings area investigating platoon localities on the seafront, based on maps I found in the National Archives.
|8 August 2009|
|109||Blog: Is HMS Forward sunk?
The tunnels that form part of the underground Naval HQ at South Heighton seem to be causing damage to a road in a housing estate built on top of them.
|21 July 2009|
|110||Blog: 24 more trenches - and another buried HQ!
Following my discovery of a platoon locality with a buried HQ, another trip up onto the Downs revealed another locality with an identical buried HQ.
|4 May 2009|
|111||Blog: Downs underground bunker - can you help?
I was on a Sunday school outing about 25 years ago and ended up exploring an underground chamber up on the Downs. I looked for it again about 10-15 years ago and presume it was demolished, but can anyone else remember it?
|3 May 2009|
|112||Blog: Platoon locality with buried HQ
I took an aimless wander along a stretch of the Downs that I'd previously not explored. I wasn't expecting to find anything except some beautiful scenery, so I was surprised to find an intact platoon locality with a buried HQ.
|2 May 2009|
|113||Blog: Getting my Vickers in a twist
I've been out and about the past few weeks looking at potential Vickers machine gun posts up on the Downs.
|18 April 2009|
|114||Blog: Downs defended locality
Following on from my investigation of Vickers Gun positions, I went up onto the Downs looking for what promised to be an interesting defended locality held by two platoons and a Vickers section.
|18 April 2009|
|115||Blog: National Archives visit
I was so busy at the archives yesterday that I didn't have time to write about some interesting finds.
|8 April 2009|
|116||Blog: Lies, damn lies and statistics...
I've been asked to explain my list of statistics generated by my main database to appear on the homepage. So if you want to know how many defence works I've recorded so far, there's a few things you need to get your head round.
|26 March 2009|
|117||Blog: Mount Harry defended locality
I went out to Offham near Lewes to investigate Mount Harry, one of a string of defended localities along the top of the Downs, eventually locating six slit trenches.
|22 March 2009|
|118||Blog: New trenches - with bullet holes?
I found what appear to be bullet holes in some ironwork at a defended locality on the Downs. The position also yielded some slit trenches and a Vickers Gun position.
|21 March 2009|
|119||Blog: Artillery observation post
I went up onto the downs today, but this wasn't a Downsforce expedition; I was looking for an artillery observation post (OP) on Windover Hill and I think I've found it.
|15 March 2009|
|120||Blog: Trenchcam - new angles on a preserved trench
I went back to the intact trench I found last week in order to get better photographs and to try and understand construction details.
|7 March 2009|
|121||Blog: Downsforce: 150 trenches - and counting!
My Downsforce research today hit a landmark with my discovering trench #150. I recorded a total of eight new trenches, taking me to 152 to date, with a few 'possibles' still to be investigated.
|1 March 2009|
|122||Blog: An intact trench!
For me, a fantastic discovery during my fieldwork was this completely intact slit trench in a Downsforce locality.
|1 March 2009|
|123||Blog: Blog maintenance and redesign
I've been continuing with tidying up the blog and have now hopefully fixed a few small presentational errors.
|22 February 2009|
|124||Blog: National Archives visit
My second visit of 2009; it's been a slow morning but this has been due to my photographing a 300-page document from 1954 detailing the German plans to invade Britain.
|18 February 2009|
|125||Blog: Back at Bexhill
I returned to Bexhill today to reacquaint myself with the area; I ended up finding loads of cubes scattered on the beach and two slit trenches.
|7 February 2009|
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