Monument record DUN 068 - World War II practice trenches on Dunwich Heath.

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World War II date practice trenches on Dunwich Heath


Grid reference Centred TM 46840 68589 (36m by 66m)
Map sheet TM46NE


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

A D-shaped, crenelated, practice trench c60m long is visible as an earthwork on Dunwich Heath on aerial photographs from 1945(S1,S2). The trench is not visible on earlier aerial photographs from 1941. It is likely to be a practice feature, and is in a form more common to the German military. It may be that this trench was constructed to give British troops practice with various forms of foreign forces' trenches. The feature can still be clearly seen on aerial photographs from 1946(S3).

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <S1> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. 106G/UK462 Frm1014 30-Jun-1945.
  • <S2> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. 106G/UK929 Frm4167 16-Oct-1945.
  • <S3> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. 106G/UK1707 Frms3290-3291 29-Aug-1946.

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Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Related Events/Activities (2)

Record last edited

Oct 21 2004 4:56PM

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