Monument record ADB 060 - World War II anti-tank ditches.

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World War II anti-tank ditches in Aldeburgh


Grid reference Centred TM 46779 58874 (163m by 1030m)
Map sheet TM45NE


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

A World War II anti-tank ditch and associated backs are visible as earthworks on aerial photographs, centred on TM46845912. The ditch is 2.2km in length and runs from circa TM46785938 to TM46785836. The ditch was constructed at some time between July 1940 and December 1941 through the widening of an existing drainage channel, and the concomitant spoil was used to create the banks alongside it (S1, S2). There are two banks, the first on the west of the ditch centred on TM46835912, and the second on the east at TM46805860. The ditch formed part of the anti-invasion coastal defences that were common along the Suffolk coastline during World War II. (S3, S4)

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <S1> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF 2/BR11/14 7-8 08-Jul-1940.
  • <S2> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF 2A/BR167 11-9 17-Dec-1941.
  • <S3> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF 58/1672 141-142 03-Mar-1952.
  • <S4> Photograph: OS, AP. NMR OS/69011 28-29 10-Mar-1969.

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  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Feb 22 2016 2:50PM

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