Monument record LCS 112 - World War II command post trench and pillbox.

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World War II command post trench and pillbox in Leiston parish


Grid reference Centred TM 47115 62794 (42m by 125m)
Map sheet TM46SE


Type and Period (3)

Full Description

A World War II pillbox, command-post trench, slit trenches and weapons pits are visible as structures and earthworks on aerial photographs, centred on circa TM47126273. The pillbox is visible on an aerial photograph from 1940 (S1), but the trenches do not appear until 1941 (S2), by which time the pillbox appears to have been camouflaged, possibly by earthworks and vegetation. The largest trench is shaped like 3 arms of a swastika, and is centred on TM47106284. This has been interpreted as a command post, a location from which local military activities are co-ordinated (S3). The trenches are still visible in 1946 (S4), but have been filled and ploughed by 1955 (S5). The pillbox is still visible on oblique photographs from 1982 (S6), and it is marked on the OS base map.

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <S1> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF 2/BR11/14 14 08-Jul-1940.
  • <S2> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF 2A/BR167 20 17-Dec-1941.
  • <S3> Verbal communication: Roger JC Thomas. 2001. Roger JC Thomas. MAY 2002.
  • <S4> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF 106G/UK/1673 4246-4247 28-Jul-1946.
  • <S5> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF 58/1674 202-203 04-Mar-1955.
  • <S6> Photograph: National Monuments Record. Air Photograph. TM 4762/2 (SFU 16164/24) 24-Mar-1982.

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  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Aug 4 2022 12:27PM

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