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    Another defended pass in Snowdonia this one at Pont Pen-Y-Benglog.The roads into it both from he north and east were defended.
    From the north its starts with a now hardly recognisable loopholed wall with next in line a pillbox in the valley behind it and 3 infantry
    positions set on the cliffs above the road.And just over the bridge a Spigot mortar.



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    The eastern pass has another 2 spigot mortars along with infantry post and anti tank blocks.Theres also fixings in the cliff by the road that may
    have been part of the roadblock.

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    You didn't do the other three spigot mortar emplacements and infantry position/sangars?

    Like most of the defences around there they are totally OTT and somewhat pointless. The sheepfold that was turned into a pillbox is in one of the strangest positions and would have been better left as a sheepfold.

    It's a shame the roadblocks alongside the lake were demolished. I've never checked above them to see if there are more of the infantry positions - it seems likely there would be as they'd compliment the other totally useless pillbox at the other side of the lake!

    No photo of the half burried spaceship either.....but I'll let you off as that's not a 'defence' structure ;-)

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    Great stuff as always Rich!

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    Quote Originally Posted by druid View Post
    You didn't do the other three spigot mortar emplacements and infantry position/sangars?

    Like most of the defences around there they are totally OTT and somewhat pointless. The sheepfold that was turned into a pillbox is in one of the strangest positions and would have been better left as a sheepfold.

    It's a shame the roadblocks alongside the lake were demolished. I've never checked above them to see if there are more of the infantry positions - it seems likely there would be as they'd compliment the other totally useless pillbox at the other side of the lake!

    No photo of the half burried spaceship either.....but I'll let you off as that's not a 'defence' structure ;-)
    Couldnt find em :( but if its the three spigots marked on the edob theyre apparently miles out of place ? Didnt have time for the lakeside one is it easy to get at ?

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    That's interesting. Whoever used to man these posts had the best of views down the Welsh valleys.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RichCooper View Post
    Couldnt find em :( but if its the three spigots marked on the edob theyre apparently miles out of place ? Didnt have time for the lakeside one is it easy to get at ?
    Lakeside one just a stroll along almost flat ground - you'll have noticed the worn path when you went through the gap in the wall to get to the three (originally four) positions above the A5 probably.

    The other spigot mortar positions are incorrectly positioned but will be correct in the next edition of Steve's WWII overlay. The other infantry positions are close to those. All are visible in google earth aerial.

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    Quote Originally Posted by druid View Post
    Lakeside one just a stroll along almost flat ground - you'll have noticed the worn path when you went through the gap in the wall to get to the three (originally four) positions above the A5 probably.

    The other spigot mortar positions are incorrectly positioned but will be correct in the next edition of Steve's WWII overlay. The other infantry positions are close to those. All are visible in google earth aerial.
    Hope to get back that way at some point

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    Interesting stuff Rich,I take it all these North Wales defences were built to defend against the perceived threat of an enemy invasion launched from Ireland
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldscrote View Post
    Interesting stuff Rich,I take it all these North Wales defences were built to defend against the perceived threat of an enemy invasion launched from Ireland
    Think that was the plan mate although some of if seems a bit random :) Would love to see a plan of what was there though

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichCooper View Post
    Think that was the plan mate although some of if seems a bit random :) Would love to see a plan of what was there though
    There were two wartime surveys done by Caernarfonshire Council but they only recorded 'where' defences were. One of the surveys contains very limited descriptions of the type of defence but they are of little use in trying to interpret the remains.
    For this area they record:

    Location: Old quarry near Ogwen Lake
    Type: Anti-tank
    Date completed: 21st August 1940
    Constructed by: County Council
    Road: A5 Shrewsbury - Bangor Trunk Road

    Tan Y Llyn, Ogwen Lake. Pont Pen-y-Benglog
    Anti-tank
    8th September 1940
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    A5 Shrewsbury - Bangor Trunk Road

    Maes Caradog, near Ogwen Lake
    Anti-tank
    4th September 1940
    --
    A5 Shrewsbury - Bangor Trunk Road

    So three entries covering at least twenty 'items'.

    The entries are somewhat similar for the area around Cwm Dyli you posted before this
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