Monument record DUN 069 - World War II anti-glider ditches on Dunwich Heath.

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Anti-glider ditches on Dunwich Heath of World War II date


Grid reference Centred TM 47028 68521 (377m by 456m)
Map sheet TM46NE


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

A system of anti-aircraft ditches, c400m across, is visible as an earthwork on Dunwich Heath on 1941 aerial photographs (S1). Another short section of ditch, c50m long, can be seen just to the south of the larger feature. The ditches have associated banks, formed by piles of spoil from the digging of the ditches. These features are clearly visible on aerial photographs from 1945(S2) and 1946(S3), and would have been an important component of the defences of this area during the Second World War. These anti-aircraft ditches are likely to be associated with a similar feature located to the south-east (DUN 070).

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <S1> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. S/524 H14 Frms22-24 21-Sep-1941.
  • <S2> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. 106G/UK462 Frm1014 30-Jun-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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Record last edited

Nov 10 2011 2:09PM

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