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History Minor Fortifications and Pillboxes

Yarbridge Pillbox_1

REF NR: 48

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.

Field of fire - towards the sea

This type 23 pillbox is of concrete construction and was built to contain either a light mortar or machine gun. It has several apertures for rifle coverage and looks over the river floodplains all the way down to St Helens. You can find it  by turning left at the traffic lights on the Ryde to  Sandown  Road passing by the old Anglers Pub on the left over the hump back bridge and another 100yds on the left you will see the pillbox slightly offset from the road. Island Eye recommend this as the best example of the little forts you can walk around on the Island.

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