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126 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
127 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
128 Blog: What future for the Martello Towers?
There has been recent debate regarding the future of Martello Towers 64 and 66.
31 January 2009
129 Blog: Eight new trenches
I returned today to the spot where I found two new section localities on my previous visit and am fairly certain that I've found eight new trenches with two pieces of luck.
24 January 2009
130 Blog: Website redesign!
I've made a few changes to, adding a whole new section outlining my various projects.
22 January 2009
131 Blog: The Real Dad's Army
The TV documentary that originally sparked the Defence of East Sussex Project was shown again yesterday.
18 January 2009
132 Blog: National Archives visit
My first trip of 2009; I'm continuing the trawl through Canadian documents although missing defence schemes have frustrated me thus far.
17 January 2009
133 Blog: Fired by a Bren gun?
Finding a .303 cartridge up on the Downs today, I decided to examine it minutely with anorak precision and I think it was fired by a machine gun.
11 January 2009
134 Blog: National Archives visit
My last visit of 2008 is turning up a few interesting documents; I've already found a location statement for a machine gun battalion, plus a few odds and ends.
30 December 2008
135 Blog: Away in a slit trench
I spent Christmas morning up on the Downs discovering yet another slit trench; nothing remarkable in light of recent discoveries, but it did reveal useful construction data.
25 December 2008
136 Blog: Shape-changing trench
A return visit to a Downsforce location revealed six new slit trenches and one that had changed shape since I last saw it...
21 December 2008
137 Blog: Downsforce - flame trap, pipe mine and yet more trenches
I spent the morning up on the Downs in an area occupied by a company of Downsforce troops, looking for more trenches, a flame trap and a Canadian pipe mine.
14 December 2008
138 Blog: Cuckmere Haven defences to be lost under water
The Environment Agency has today announced plans to end maintenance of flood defences at Cuckmere Haven, consigning the surviving WW2 defences to a watery grave.
10 December 2008
139 Blog: Important Sussex defence work demolished
It is with regret that I have to report the destruction of the WW2 roof on Martello Tower 55 at Norman's Bay.
7 December 2008
140 Blog: Mapping a Downsforce platoon locality
I spent a very cold and windy morning up on the Downs mapping out a platoon locality. A productive rummage in the long grass revealed a total of 5 new slit trenches.
30 November 2008
141 Blog: Pillboxopedia
I've spent the past few days creating Pillboxopedia, an encyclopedia of terms relating to UK anti-invasion defences and the invasion threat in general.
22 November 2008
142 Blog: Foxhole becomes rabbit hole
Having been laid up with a cold the past few days, today's visit onto the Downs was short, but I did find a new slit trench and yet more shrapnel.
16 November 2008
143 Blog: Time Team - Lost WW1 bunker
This evening's Time Team Special examined the excavation of a WW1 brigade HQ near Paschendaele. I've been searching for a similar structure dug in East Sussex by the Canadians in 1941.
10 November 2008
144 Blog: In Remembrance
Earlier this year I paid a visit to Rye and found the graves of three men who died within ten days of each other at the height of the invasion scare in 1940.
9 November 2008
145 Blog: Shorncliffe: birthplace of modern soldiering
Despite my East Sussex focus I went to Kent on a fascinating tour of Shorncliffe Redoubt, the military cemetery and a WW1 training trench system. A WW2 pillbox was also on the itinerary.
8 November 2008
146 Blog: Pillbox site redesign
Over the past couple of weeks I've been redesigning the Defence of East Sussex Project homepage and the site in general.
1 November 2008
147 Blog: National Archives visit
I've been doing a bit of everything this week - hence the recent deluge of blogging. I'm on a quick visit to Kew to tie up a few loose ends and fill some gaps, with some success.
31 October 2008
148 Blog: Petroleum warfare at Kingston and Southease
Further to my visit to Kingston, I was also there to investigate flame fougasses. There were 5 of these booby traps at Kingston and 6 at Southease.
28 October 2008
149 Blog: Downsforce: Firle Beacon
I went for a walk up to Firle Beacon to investigate positions occupied by Downsforce. A few hours spent in a howling gale revealed seven slit trenches I had missed on previous visits.
25 October 2008
150 Blog: Mount Caburn (2)
I went back to record the various WW2 earthwork defences on Mount Caburn today and to compare my research with the published data on the area.
18 October 2008

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