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History Minor Fortifications and Pillboxes

Bouldnor Battery Pillbox_1

REF NR: 33

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.

Bouldnor Camp - Pillboxes As you leave the Newport – Yarmouth Road and travel up the Bouldnor Forest path around about a mile in you will come across the Bouldnor Camp – Pillbox to the right, its a rectangular anti shell and anti tank pillbox having a 90% field of fire when facing south. You can obtain entrance to the rear of the pillbox, there was also supposed to be six pounder supposed to be mounted with light machine gun supporting giving an all round 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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