Monument record LCS 121 - World War II minefield.

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A second World War minefield near Sizewell, Leiston


Grid reference Centred TM 47602 64302 (59m by 389m)
Map sheet TM46SE


Type and Period (2)

Full Description

A World War II minefield can be seen as earthworks on the beach at Sizewell, centred on circa TM47606430. The minefield covers an area of over 12000 square metres, and measures roughly 400m by 30m. The area of mines is bounded on the east by beach scaffolding (see LCS 119) and on the west by barbed wire (LCS 091), making the minefield an integral part of Suffolk's anti-invasion defences. It is first visible on aerial photographs of 1941, but can be more clearly seen on pictures of October 1945 (S1, S2). It is also visible on aerial photographs of 1946 (S3). It is unclear from the images from 1945 and 1946 whether the mines have been removed or not.

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <S1> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF 2A/BR167 22-23 17-Dec-1941.
  • <S2> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF 106G/UK/929 3203-3204 16-Oct-1945.
  • <S3> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF 106G/UK/1673 4245-4246 28-Jul-1946.

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Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Aug 12 2013 3:00PM

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