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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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Pillboxes for dummies (Part 3)

Pillboxes for dummies (Part 3)

Posted: 22 Sep 2015

My friend Paul and I built a full-size dummy Type 22 pillbox using plans from 1941; see Part 1 for the history of these dummies and Part 2 to read about planning the project.

This part covers the actual construction of the pillbox and its use as an historical display.

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Pillboxes for dummies (Part 2)

Pillboxes for dummies (Part 2)

21 Sep 2015

Five years ago I discovered some 1941 plans for building a dummy pillbox in the archives. I spent this summer actually building one as an archaeological reconstruction.

Sussex by the (burning) Sea

Sussex by the (burning) Sea

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.

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.

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