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    Interesting history and fab shots guys

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    Very cool! Great pics you two :)

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    [QUOTE=smiler;345670]That's a first, it shows how seriously concerned about invasion we were,[/QUOTE)

    Those of us who had fathers and uncles in the Army and 'on the ground in UK' during the year before declaration of war, and who talked about or left written evidence of their experiences, will have realised from these writings etc, that from the South Coast northwards the country was split into potential defensive zones - on paper at least. 'Peace in our times' may have been the Government mantra, thank God others were were far more sceptical of those peace moves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krela View Post
    I'm not sure I've seen a machine gun nest in a UK bunker before,
    I have always thought it had something to do with when they were built and what the facility was. Clearly this was important, but reading relevant troop disposition documents does reveal that other important sites did have very seriously armed entry points, only they were sandbagged emplacements placed where needed. I think it worth noting that one of the reasons for many of these 'fortifications' were not to keep German troopers out - they would obviously gain entry eventually, but to keep the potential saboteurs/fifth columnists out just before any attempted invasion by the Germans. Loosing a communications centre such as this would have been catastrophic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirus_Strictus View Post
    I have always thought it had something to do with when they were built and what the facility was. Clearly this was important, but reading relevant troop disposition documents does reveal that other important sites did have very seriously armed entry points, only they were sandbagged emplacements placed where needed. I think it worth noting that one of the reasons for many of these 'fortifications' were not to keep German troopers out - they would obviously gain entry eventually, but to keep the potential saboteurs/fifth columnists out just before any attempted invasion by the Germans. Loosing a communications centre such as this would have been catastrophic.

    Hello, my name is Anna Stopford and I am helping organise a heritage day for Castleton Mill, Leeds, and I see from other threads that you have a personal connection and interest in the mill. I would be really interested in talking to you and hearing your memories or knowledge so we can pass this on to others visiting the mill!

    If you are interested in the event please visit our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1331849110266743/ or email me at annabstopford@gmail.com

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    I didnt think id see any reporta from here for a while again after the last time it was sealed up! The local kids had been reopening the entrance on and off for a couple of years so the way in was much more securely sealed.

    Glad its open again though, I'll have to have another look and its only 10 mins from me :-)

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