Category: WWII Defensive Structures

Anderson Shelter

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Loopholed Walls

Loopholed walls are one of the rarer forms of surviving defences. Good examples can be found in Basingstoke Town centre set into the parapets of two railway bridges west and east of the main railway station.The metal bridge below the junction of

Earthworks & Slit Trenches


Section Posts & Seagull Trenches

Anti-Tank Obstacles

    Anti-Tank Vertical Rails, East Sussex. Picture by Tim Denton 2009   Dragons Teeth on the North Kent coast at the Isle of Grain . Ngr TQ792716. Picture by Tim Denton.

Auxiliary Units

The Auxiliary Units or GHQ Auxiliary Units were specially trained, highly secret units created by the United Kingdom government during the Second World War, with the aim of resisting the expected occupation of the United Kingdom by Nazi Germany, after

Flame Fougasse

Key Facts The Flame Fougasse is a method of projecting a beam of burning sticky fuel in a fixed direction from a buried, or partially buried barrel. The Demigasse and hedgehopper are methods of projecting a quantity of burning fuel


When invasion panic ensued in 1940 road blocks were thrown up everywhere, mainly to the detriment of the public, who walked into them at night or simply drove into them in their cars; individuals were even shot at occasionally –

Stanton Air Raid Shelter

The Stanton air-raid shelter was manufactured by the Stanton Ironworks Co Ltd near Nottingham (the iron connection is in the mould pattern). They could be built in any length but usually consisted of 18 precast concrete arched-shaped units (each one

Battle Headquarters

The reason for their construction on or very near Airfields is to provide the ‘Station Commander’ with a secure location from which he could direct the defence of ‘his’ property via landlines and runners in the event of being attacked by

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