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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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Sussex by the (burning) Sea

Sussex by the (burning) Sea

Posted: 07 Aug 2015

The subject of sea flame barrages was discussed during a recent episode of the BBC's Coast series; there's been a few myths surrounding this weapon that I would like to clear up.

In a nutshell, the weapon was used to pump oil onto the surface of the sea and set it ablaze in the face of a German invasion.

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Friendly fire tragedy at Lewes (Part 2)

Friendly fire tragedy at Lewes (Part 2)

20 Jul 2015

In Part 1 we closely examined and reconstructed a Canadian Army exercise of July 1942 that took place on the Downs near Lewes.

Friendly fire tragedy at Lewes (Part 1)

Friendly fire tragedy at Lewes (Part 1)

20 Jul 2015

In 1941 the War Office began requisitioning large tracts of the South Downs to use for battle training involving tanks, artillery and infantry. With large-scale exercises using live ammunition taking place, accidents could - and did - happen.

In Remembrance

In Remembrance

08 Nov 2014

This year has been dominated by the start of the Great War Centenary commemorations. A key event was the installation of 888,246 poppies in the moat of the Tower of London, which I recently had the pleasure of visiting.

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