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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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Friendly fire tragedy at Lewes (Part 2)

Friendly fire tragedy at Lewes (Part 2)

Posted: 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.

One incident that day was the deaths of three soldiers of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) who were killed when an artillery shell fell short of its target. [BBR]map5.png[/img] The fatal incident I've reproduced the map at right as a reminder of the situation at the time of the incident.

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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.

East Sussex Piers in wartime

East Sussex Piers in wartime

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.

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