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176 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
177 Blog: Roadblock recce (12) - Barcombe Mills
On 3 September I went to Barcombe Mills in search of 2 roadblocks. My previous visit had found nothing by the bridge, but the second was new to me as well as a nearby barrel flame trap.
11 October 2008
178 Blog: Roadblock recce (11) - Southease
On 2nd September I drove out to Southease (between Newhaven and Lewes) to take a look at seven roadblock locations.
6 October 2008
179 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
180 Blog: Roadblock recce (10) - Frant
A family outing on 25th August to High Rocks near Tunbridge Wells ended in an impromptu Roadblock Recce at Frant.
4 October 2008
181 Blog: Roadblock recce (9) - Glynde
I went out to Glynde on 15th August to investigate a series of 11 buoys at the roadside shown in the photo below; the arrow indicates the position of the 11th.
4 October 2008
182 Blog: Roadblock recce (8) - East Dean and Friston
On 12th August, I returned to East Dean and Friston, two localities that constituted a single nodal point.
4 October 2008
183 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
184 Blog: Roadblock recce (7) - Bexhill
I went back out to Bexhill again last Thursday - I've been a bit run down of late, so progress in fieldwork and blogging has been delayed.
12 August 2008
185 Blog: Roadblock recce (6) - Bexhill
I went out today to investigate a few more roadblock locations with a list of 42 sites at Ninfield, Lunsford's Cross and Bexhill.
7 August 2008
186 Blog: Roadblock recce (5) - Uckfield
I spent some time investigating sites in Uckfield today; I managed 10 out of the 12 listed, with the outstanding two requiring a bit more map work before I can locate them. There are no remains of any of the blocks I visited.
28 July 2008
187 Blog: Roadblock recce (4) - Hailsham
I spent this afternoon cycling around Hailsham and its 12 roadblock sites, including one on the A22 that had been listed as being at Polegate.
25 July 2008
188 Blog: Roadblock recce (3) - Rye/Camber
Today saw me drive out to Rye; I set out with grand ideas of covering about 20 roadblocks in Winchelsea, Rye and Camber.
24 July 2008
189 Blog: Roadblock recce (2) - Polegate
I drove out to Polegate today; I had previously establishedthat there were no roadblock remnants, but the report records 4 blocks that were not on the sketch plan I already have.
23 July 2008
190 Blog: Roadblock recce (1) - Rickney/Pevensey
I started my visits of roadblock locations today, taking a trip out to Pevensey and Westham via Rickney and Wartling on my mountain bike.
22 July 2008
191 Blog: Roadblocks
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
192 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
193 Blog: National Archives Visit
This visit actually took place on 14th June, but as usual, I'm behind with blogging.
28 June 2008
194 Blog: National Archives visits
This post actually covers two visits; that of a week last Friday as well as today.
7 June 2008
195 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
196 Blog: Demolition chambers
I find bank holiday weekends a double-edged sword; while I love the extra day off, it's annoying not being able to do normal things.
9 May 2008
197 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
198 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
199 Blog: Memorial at Cuckmere Haven
Every time I visit Cuckmere Haven, I learn something new.
20 April 2008
200 Blog: Rye Harbour Defences
I spent an interesting day investigating some of the defences of Rye Harbour.
11 April 2008

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