|151||Blog: Downsforce Project
In the past few months I've been cultivating an interest in Downsforce, which was a conglomerate of units tasked with tackling German forces on the high ground between the River Ouse and the Cuckmere River.
|11 October 2008|
|152||Blog: Ashdown Forest
Ashdown Forest was a very busy place during WW2, being used as a training area as well as being the location of the famous Aspidistra transmitter.
|5 October 2008|
|153||Blog: National Archives visits
I've undertaken four visits to Kew in the past two months. I usually compile a brief post during each visit but the habit has died out since TNA killed off the cyber cafe in which I used to type away whilst having lunch.
|4 October 2008|
I've been meaning to post some info on the roadblock report I recently found and a side-project it has stimulated.
|22 July 2008|
|155||Blog: Some Holy Grails of research
My previous post cryptically referred to some "unbelieveably fantastic papers" that I found several weeks ago in The National Archives.
|5 July 2008|
|156||Blog: National Archives Visit
This visit actually took place on 14th June, but as usual, I'm behind with blogging.
|28 June 2008|
|157||Blog: National Archives visits
This post actually covers two visits; that of a week last Friday as well as today.
|7 June 2008|
|158||Blog: Newhaven Defences (2)
I spent a thoroughly enjoyable day at Newhaven Fort; arriving just after opening time, I wanted to get up onto the gun area to take photos before too many fellow visitors had the same idea.
|11 May 2008|
|159||Blog: Bridges at Barcombe Mills
During Saturday's archive visit I came across mention of a new bridge being built at Barcombe Mills by the Canadians in 1941 to allow heavy tanks to cross the River Ouse.
|27 April 2008|
|160||Blog: National Archives visit
I'm back at Kew again today; it seems as though the memorial at Cuckmere Haven is controversial; I'll explain more in a later post.
|26 April 2008|
|161||Blog: Memorial at Cuckmere Haven
Every time I visit Cuckmere Haven, I learn something new.
|20 April 2008|
|162||Blog: Rye Harbour Defences
I spent an interesting day investigating some of the defences of Rye Harbour.
|11 April 2008|
|163||Blog: An interesting day filming
I spent today with a TV crew who were filming a new series; unfortunately I can't yet tell you what or where, other than it was at an anti-invasion site somewhere in southern England.
|18 March 2008|
|164||Blog: Pett Emergency Coast Defence Battery (2)
Back in October 2006, I described a visit to Pett Emergency Coast Defence Battery, a large part of which still remains comparitively intact, although derelict.
|22 February 2008|
|165||Blog: ESRO visit
On Tuesday I began documentary research at a more local level by paying a visit to the East Sussex County Record Office (ESRO) in Lewes.
|21 February 2008|
|166||Blog: Time Team at Shooters Hill
Tonight's Time Team episode investigated the anti-invasion defences of Shooters Hill in London which was on one of the capital's stop lines.
|10 February 2008|
|167||Blog: Martello Tower 61 Battery Observation Post (2)
I spent today back at Martello Tower 61 as the 'resident historian' during the estate agent's open day.
|9 February 2008|
|168||Blog: Martello Tower 61 Battery Observation Post
I spent this afternoon taking a look around Martello Tower No.61 at Pevensey Bay.
|26 January 2008|
|169||Blog: Getting some Zs
I've been playing with Google Sketchup again and recreated the Z1 anti-tank scaffolding that was erected along hundreds of miles of beach in 1940-41.
|19 January 2008|
|170||Blog: Piecing together the Bexhill defences (1)
I spent today being blown around by high winds at Bexhill.
|28 December 2007|
|171||Blog: Polegate Nodal Point
I spent the afternoon wandering around Polegate, looking for remains of the Nodal Point defences marked on a sketch map I found in The National Archives.
|16 December 2007|
|172||Blog: Fun with 3D Pillboxes
I've been playing with geometric drawings with Google Earth to produce 3D pillboxes.
|2 December 2007|
|173||Blog: The Defence of East Sussex
The one advantage of having been ill for several weeks is that when I've not been sleeping uncontrollably and have had the energy, I've made progress on my anti-invasion research.
|14 November 2007|
|174||Blog: Anti-Tank Ditches
I recently came across the following reference in an infantry brigade defence scheme:
|11 November 2007|
|175||Blog: We shall fight them with the beaches
Took a trip out to Bexhill today looking for the usual anti-invasion remains, plus the location of an unusual defence; the shingle projector.
|25 August 2007|
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