|151||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|
|152||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|
|153||Blog: Roadblock recce (20) - Battle
I spent the day inspecting Battle's roadblock sites and found a set of four rail sockets at a location not listed in the Roadblock report.
|28 February 2009|
|154||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|
|155||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|
|156||Blog: Roadblock recce (19) Bexhill
Bexhill had 30 widely dispersed roadblocks, which is why it's taken me three trips so far. Today's excursion polished off 8 of the outstanding 12 locations.
|16 February 2009|
|157||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|
|158||Blog: What future for the Martello Towers?
There has been recent debate regarding the future of Martello Towers 64 and 66.
|31 January 2009|
|159||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|
|160||Blog: Website redesign!
I've made a few changes to pillbox.org.uk, adding a whole new section outlining my various projects.
|22 January 2009|
|161||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|
|162||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|
|163||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|
|164||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|
|165||Blog: Roadblock recce (18) Boreham Street - Ninfield - Catsfield
My roadblock site visits have now hit the 150 mark following a trip to Boreham Street, Ninfield and Catsfield. I found a pair of pimples embedded in a wall as well as a slit trench.
|29 December 2008|
|166||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|
|167||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|
|168||Blog: Roadblock recce (17) John's Cross - Cripp's Corner
On my way into Kent today, I stopped off and did some roadblock work at John's Cross and Cripp's Corner.
|17 December 2008|
|169||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|
|170||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|
|171||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|
|172||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|
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|
|174||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|
|175||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|
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