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    Default Isle of Grain anti-tank defences


    Grade II listed WW2 anti-tank obstacles constructed c1940 to protect the area in anticipation of the German invasion.

    There are 3 types of obstacle to form the defensive line: cubes, pimples (a flat-topped pyramid often referred to as 'dragon's teeth') and caltrops.

    Caltrops are a rare type of asymmetric concrete obstacle which are piled against the seawall. They reminded us of a bad game of Tetras. There are many kinds of anti-tank obstacles across the world, but the ones on the Isle of Grain are of special interest because of the different and unusual forms of obstacle which together, at nearly 600m in length, form an spectacular defence.

    I have a habit of looking at bricks to see what is inscribed on them and there were loads scattered about on the beach!

    Hope you enjoy.....

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    Love this too! Thanks again. :)

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    Interesting report and pics, Proper Job
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    Very nicely done. It's amazing how many of these around the coast still remain.
    When the going gets tough - the tough get going.

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