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History Minor Fortifications and Pillboxes

Afton Pillbox

REF NR: 39

1. The Island was in full defensive swing in the lead up to and during the 2nd World War as it was seen as being in the forefront of the battle area. It was very likely if a German invasion was imminent for it to be one of the first places they would try and take in order for them to have a secure beach head and thus allowing them to launch their blitzkrieg method of advance easily into the mainland.

With this in mind the War Office devised several defence mechanisms and prepared points of special interest that in the event of an evasion could be used to slow down any advancing forces. One of these methods was the deployment of several pillboxes, carefully positioned throughout the Island..

Facing southwards the Afton Pillbox is polygonal hexagonal pill-box is constructed in concrete and would have had a 360degree field of fire for light machine guns. At the last visit in 2010 it had been de-foliaged and was standing in all its glory in the centre of the car park.

Latterly the pill box has had a haircut and the foliage cut back to expose it in all its glory.

Each pillbox had its own style of construction, and details of which can been had by following the link in the "Resources" tab.