Monument record HLY 075 - World War II strongpoint and possible temporary camp.

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A World War II strongpoint and possible temporary camp in Hollesly parish


Grid reference Centred TM 38246 45899 (209m by 214m)
Map sheet TM34NE


Type and Period (2)

Full Description

A barbed wire enclosure or strongpoint of early World War II date, and a possible military camp of later World War II date are visible as structures on aerial photographs, Hollesley parish. About 350m of barbed wire can be seen on aerial photographs of 1942, centred on circa TM3776, creating a rectangular enclosure of circa 1.6 hectares that encompasses a number of field boundaries and a length of trackway. The strongpoint possibly extends to the east for up to 100m, but it is not possible to see any barbed wire for certain. Military features may be located close to the field boundaries but again, the quality and scale of the photographs makes it hard to be certain. By 1943 the barbed wire has been removed and a number of possibly military temporary structures of about 10 x 6m have been erected along the tackway. These temporary structures are also visible on aerial photographs of late 1945, although they are in a different arrangement. It is possible that the structures are not military in nature, and they do resemble the hay ricks that were constructed after harvest for the storage of hay over the winter. However, in such an active and changing military landscape, the possiblity that they are camoflaged military features cannot be discounted. (S1-3).

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <S1> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF BR/289 16-17 07-JAN-1942.
  • <S2> Photograph: USAAF. USAAF Air Photograph. US 7PH/GP/LOC132 5018-9 30-DEC-1943.
  • <S3> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF 106G/UK/929 4441-2 16-OCT-1945.

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  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Jul 30 2013 12:26PM

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