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History Minor Fortifications and Pillboxes

Cliff End Pillbox

REF NR: 97

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 small pillbox actually fulfilled two roles being built as a two storey structure, the lower level being a bullet proof concrete pillbox giving an all round filed of fire. The upper storey acted as a lookout and had a wide field of vision and thus able to protect the shoreline from Fort Victoria to Fort Albert.

Condition: Could not be found on site visit 08/01/2012

Each pillbox had its own style of construction, and details of which can been had by following link in Source and Citations Tab