Type 23 Pillbox

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Type 23 Pillbox @ St Martins Battery, Western Heights, Dover, Kent.

 Key facts

  • Official designation: fw3/23
  • Shape: rectangular
  • Square pillbox with an integral measurement of 8ft (2.4m)
  • Integral open annex containing a mounting for a light anti-aircraft machine-gun.
  • Generally loopholes in the roofed part and often in the open area as well.
  • Not usually a doorway, but external rungs are set into the outer wall.
    FW3/23 Aldershot Ring Defence Hampshire.

    FW3/23 Aldershot Ring Defence Hampshire.
    Copyright Tim Denton 2012

     

    Brick shuttered FW3/23 part of Aldershot Ring Defence,Hampshire. Pic by Tim Denton

    Brick shuttered FW3/23 part of Aldershot Ring Defence,Hampshire.
    Pic by Tim Denton

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FW3/23 part of Aldershot Ring Defence,Hampshire.
Pic by Tim Denton

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FW3/23 part of Aldershot Ring Defence,Hampshire.
Pic by Tim Denton

GHQ Line A has an unusual and one off variation of the Type 23 pillbox with only three cast loopholes embrasures and a lower set wall on open section.type232

Information obtained from Pillbox Typology Part 3 in Loopholes Journal of PSG.  With kind permission of Mike Osborne