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Today is day 2961 of the project; 767 days longer than World War 2!

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National Archives Research

The National Archives

No. of visits: 111

War diaries: 1705

Total files: 2289


Concrete Evidence Database

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V1 impact 765
Roadblock 588
Pillbox 523


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Roadblock recce Project

Roadblock recce

Roadblock sites visited: 385

Still to visit: 88

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Downsforce Project

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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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Eight Years

Eight Years

Posted: 13 Mar 2014

This week sees the eighth anniversary of the Defence of East Sussex Project! The past year has flown by, with some fantastic opportunities presenting themselves.

Once again, time has flown and I see from my piece from last year that I have made some progress.

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East Sussex wartime writers and artists (4)

East Sussex wartime writers and artists (4)

22 Jan 2014

Burwash is most famous for an author whose books bore swastikas until the 1930's, but the Second World War saw a few more writers and artists plying their trade in the area.

In Remembrance

In Remembrance

10 Nov 2013

In previous years my In Remembrance blog entries have focussed on army and civilian deaths - this year I look at civilians in battledress - the Home Guard.

Protecting Aspidistra (1)

Protecting Aspidistra (1)

30 Aug 2013

In November 1942, one of the largest radio transmitters in the world went into operation at Kingstanding on the Ashdown Forest in East Sussex. Documents and fieldwork reveal a new historical angle.

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