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History Minor Fortifications and Pillboxes

Fort Warden Pillbox_2

REF NR: 94

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.

There are another 2 pillboxes at the western end of the fort forward of the battery itself, both within 15mts of each other. There are no dimensions available for them, they both face seaward and one of them has already collapsed.

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