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History Minor Fortifications and Pillboxes

Bembridge Pillbox

REF NR: 42

These little forts were hastily built from 1940 when a German invasion seemed imminent, Bembridge pillbox was a bespoke design and buried into the seawall ! 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.

This fairly large concrete pillbox measures 13 ft square. Embrasure is 1.94 metres long, is now buried in shingle had a sunken entrance on the west side has 2 steps leading down with a 22cm wide entrance on both sides. The roof was of corrugated iron and covered in earth, as the entrances were so small it is assumed that this was only used for soldiers with light weapon support.

Field of Fire

 

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

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