Monument record DUN 043 - World War II anti-tank ditch.

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An anti-tank ditch of WWII date can be seen running for 1.9km to the south-west of Dunwich


Grid reference Centred TM 46758 69919 (698m by 1452m)
Map sheet TM46NE


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

An anti-tank ditch of World War II date can be seen as an earthwork on 1945 aerial photographs (S1), running between TM46816919 & TM47387064 for 1.9km, to the south-west of Dunwich. Some section of the ditch appear to have been made by widening and deepening existing water courses. The ditch follows field boundaries in some places and cuts across fields in others. Most of the sections of the ditch have an associated bank, created by the upcast from the construction of the feature. The associated banks are virtually impossible to spot by the north-eastern (or upper) sections of the ditch. Anti-tank ditches were important defensive features of the World War II period, and were often a second line of defence, should the coastal defences fail.

Partially surviving (between Westleton Road and Sandy Lane, Broom Hill) in 2006 (S2).

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <S1> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. 106G/UK476 Frms3074-3075 6-Jun-1945.
  • <S2> Unpublished document: David Sims. 2006. The military defence of a section of the Suffolk Coastline 1939 to 1942. Fig 2 map, Fig 3 photo.

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Record last edited

Jul 20 2022 2:02PM

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