Monument record IPS 743 - World War II Anti-tank ditch, Ipswich.

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A World War II Anti-tank ditch


Grid reference Centred TM 168 463 (831m by 1400m)
Map sheet TM14NE


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

A World War II anti-tank ditch is visible on aerial photographs from 1944 to the north of Ipswich, centred roughly on TM16864642 and visible for nearly 2km. This stretch of anti-tank ditch is part of the World War II defences for Suffolk. This section of the anti-tank ditch defences is made up of two components; a ditched defence, with slight banks on either side. On photographs from May 1944 show the ditch having been recut, with the resultant spoil being piled up to create a bank on the either side. A second 'arm' of ditch runs from circa TM16794656 to TM16404665. This appears to be located to provide an additional element of protection to an anti-aircraft battery (IPS 742). Sections of the anti-tank ditch was excavated as part of an archaeological evaluation of the area (IPS 616). Helen Saunders (Essex County Council), April 2014. (S1-S3)

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <S1> Vertical Aerial Photograph: Vertical Aerial Photography. RAF/CPE/UK/2302/5096, 10-Sept-47, (EHA).
  • <S2> Vertical Aerial Photograph: Vertical Aerial Photography. RAF/CPE/UK/1937/4234, 18-Jan-47 (EHA).
  • <S3> Vertical Aerial Photograph: Vertical Aerial Photography. US/7GR/LOC349/4011, 27-May-44, (EHA).

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Record last edited

May 23 2017 12:14PM

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