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National Archives Research

The National Archives

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War diaries: 1688

Total files: 2255

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Concrete Evidence Database

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Roadblock recce

Roadblock sites visited: 473

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Defence works recorded: 382

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The Battlefield beneath your feet

The Defence of East Sussex Project is the most comprehensive post-war survey of military activity in the county 1939-45 using original Allied and German sources.

There is a lot of evidence of wartime activity still remaining in the UK landscape - but did you know that there's a battlefield beneath your feet?

The Battlefield beneath your feet

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East Sussex Piers in wartime

East Sussex Piers in wartime

Posted: 03 Aug 2014

On 30th July, 2014, Eastbourne Pier was badly damaged when fire broke out in the pavilion, leaving about a third of the structure gutted.

The story was trending on social media to such an extent, that I decided to put together the stories of East Sussex's seaside piers during WW2.

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Bomb craters (11) - Battle

Bomb craters (11) - Battle

24 Jul 2014

In 1943, three German bombs fell on the town of Battle in a daylight tip and run raid. The sudden attack saw two civilians killed and much damage to property across the County. Archive documents and fieldwork reveal surviving evidence of the attack.
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The Dover Quad - a colonial pillbox?

The Dover Quad - a colonial pillbox?

16 Jul 2014

The so-called Dover Quad is a defence work classed as a 'pillbox'; not surprising, given its appearance. However, a new archive discovery has shed some light on the evolution of this oddity.
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Tragedy at Crowborough

Tragedy at Crowborough

05 Jul 2014

In July 1944, a ferocious battle was being fought in NW Europe. The outcome of this battle could have a bearing on the outcome of war and casualties were high. However, this wasn't on the front line in France - it was in England.
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