WW2 coastal defense research – website

Under the threat of German invasion in the summer of 1940, the creation of a defensive ‘coastal crust’ represented one of the largest construction projects in British history. Hundreds of miles of beaches were closed off to the public and fortifiied with barbed wire, minefields and gun emplacements. The traces of this defence landscape are now only visible archaeologically and it is sometimes difficult to visualise the impact of these defence works on the British coastline. The small village of Walberswick, Suffolk, is a historically important landscape containing a wealth of historical information on World War II defences that allows us to recreate the military environment of 1940.

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