Monument record LWT 063 - Sections of World War II barbed wire obstruction with associated area of minefield.

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Sections of barbed wire obstruction with associated area of minefield, of World War II date


Grid reference Centred TM 54980 95711 (241m by 754m)
Map sheet TM59NW


Type and Period (3)

Full Description

Variou sections of barbed wire obstruction can be seen along Gunton Denes on 1941 aerial photographs (S1,S2). There are two long strips of barbed wire (c 750m) running parallel to the beach (N-S), which would have acted as a beach defence, with adjoining shorter sections (running inland) creating smaller enclosures. At TM55039553, a small section of miefield can be seen following the line of the barbed wire. This would have added to the defensive nature of the barbed wire obstruction. Some of the barbed wire is still visible in aerial photographs of 1944 (S3), although the sea seems to have encroached further up the beach making the longer stretches more difficult to see. By late 1945, only a few of the shorter sections of barbed wire can be discerned on aerial photographs (S4), although it is possible to still see the craters created by the minefield.

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <S1> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. S/423 H13 1416 Frms76-79 20-Aug-1941.
  • <S2> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. 2H/BR165 FrmsA11-A12 24-Dec-1941.
  • <S3> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. HLA/686 Frms3198-3199 2-Mar-1944.
  • <S4> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. 106G/UK761 Pt1 Frms6014;6061-6062 2-Sep-1945.

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Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Aug 19 2013 9:23AM

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