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Thread: Anti-Tank Blocks, Charmouth Beach, Dorset - March 09

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    Default Anti-Tank Blocks, Charmouth Beach, Dorset - March 09


    After a dental appointment I had time to kill until the bus back home. So I took a wander down to the beach...and found these...





    And they had faces! Presumably they would originally have faced each other with metal poles connecting them to form a barrier.





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    Have not seen tank blocks like that before, don't think you get that type round here. Nice find though...

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    Hi Foxy, judging by other posts on the site it looks like these were used as a road block at some point but how they ended up on the beach is another question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonney View Post
    ...it looks like these were used as a road block at some point but how they ended up on the beach is another question.
    Yes, I wondered about that. I reckon it's because there's a river outlet in the centre of the beach there and the blocks were near to the concrete walkway, which is the only entrance to the village, afaik...for a tank, anyway!
    Thanks for your comments, jonney. :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonney View Post
    Hi Foxy, judging by other posts on the site it looks like these were used as a road block at some point but how they ended up on the beach is another question.
    nice one Foxy,just a thought and probably completely wrong but maybe they were put there to tie boats to ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ricasso View Post
    ...maybe they were put there to tie boats to ?
    Thing is, there aren't any boats on that beach. I don't know for sure but I reckon it's probably unsuitable for landing and there may be by-laws against it. Although there may have been at some point backalong.
    It's a good point, though. :)
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    Nice shots Foxy........ strange things to see at the beach indeed And those little faces LOL

    Btw, out of curiosity, are you scanning your images from prints or negs?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Pip View Post
    Nice shots Foxy........ strange things to see at the beach indeed And those little faces LOL

    Btw, out of curiosity, are you scanning your images from prints or negs?


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    Cheers Pip. :)
    I'm scanning from prints as I don't have a neg scanner yet, which means there's a loss of definition, unfortunately.
    Those faces...lol...they really made me smile when I saw them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxylady View Post
    Cheers Pip. :)
    I'm scanning from prints as I don't have a neg scanner yet, which means there's a loss of definition, unfortunately.
    Those faces...lol...they really made me smile when I saw them.
    actually it is not strange to see anti tanks blocks on a beach at all. In Norfolk there are several locations where the normal square tank blocks are formed in a defence line of about 20 altogether. The threat of invasion came from Germany across the North Sea or so the then government thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by norwich canary View Post
    actually it is not strange to see anti tanks blocks on a beach at all. In Norfolk there are several locations where the normal square tank blocks are formed in a defence line of about 20 altogether. The threat of invasion came from Germany across the North Sea or so the then government thought.
    Oh wow...... I never knew about these (shame on me!)

    Any photos?



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