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History Minor Fortifications and Pillboxes

Chilton Pillbox

REF NR: 34

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.

The Chilton pillbox can be found as you travel along the military road towards chale, as you go by “Isle of Wight Pearl” it is situated in the corner of the field to the left,  The pillbox itself is of a rectangular build made up of pre-cast concrete panels.  

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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