Discussion in 'Military History' started by GRW, Jan 4, 2004.
Interesting reading. I wish you luck in your endeavor to preserve this bit of history.
Humorously aside, I couldn't figure out until just now why a guy that went around hunting pillboxes used the screen name at least as I pronounced it "pillboxes suk". Amazing how things can be misconstrewed isn't it?
Many thanks to Neil for posting such an excellent 'virtual tour' ...most interesting.
Hi Neil, and welcome to the forums !
Thanks for the pics of Kincraig, it's a site I've always managed to miss when I'm over there.
This is a copy of an email I just received-
I have recently received an email from Stephen Spiteri in Malta, noting publication of the latest volume of ARX, the Online Journal of Military Architecture and Fortificationpublished by the Fortress Explorer Society.
This document can be printed and contains active links to other resources on the web.
Volumes 1 to 4, hitherto available as HTML files from our website, will also be combined into one PDF issue (cover below).
He also says:
If you would like to receive this journal (free of charge) please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
THERE IS A WHOLE WORLD OF FORTIFICATIONS OUT THERE WAITING TO BE REDISCOVERED, EXPLORED, AND STUDIED … join us at www.fortress-explorer.org
Historians and researchers wishing to publish their studies in this journal are invited to submit their articles in word format together with illustrations (jpeg) to the Editor via e-mail at (email@example.com)
ARX webpage has had around 11,000 hits last year.
Thanks Gordon, another fine link and a hell of a lot of useful information too. The pdf (cover) link does not seem to work though.
Cheers Skip. I noticed that too, might just be my fault though.
I'll bet you never thought you would see this headline in this thread!
Old Army Loos Halt The New Forth Crossing (from Sunday Herald)
The "s-shaped" air raid shelter sounds like a seagull trench to me.
Soldier's message in a bottle surfaces – 90 years later - Europe, News - Independent.co.uk
Birkbeck College Faculty of Lifelong Learning CONFLICT ARCHAEOLOGY
Firepower-the Royal Artillery Museum Saturday 8th March & Sunday 9th
10.00am – 5.00pm Anderson's and Ack Ack - an introduction to the theory
and techniques of the Conflict Archaeology of the 20th Century.
This weekend workshop is designed to bring together Archaeologists,
Historians, Teachers, Museum Curators, and Living History
in fact, anyone who has an interest in researching the archaeology of
Century Conflicts in Britain and presenting that research to the
Confirmed Speakers include Andy Brockman and Martin Brown who took part
the recent Time Team- Blitzkrieg on Shooters Hill, Neil Faulkner of
the “Great War Archaeology Group,” who excavated the crash site of
Zeppelin L48 in Essex, Renata Peters who carried out investigative
conservation on artefacts for the “Finding the Fallen,” exhibition at
National Army Museum and televisions Trench Detectives and Roger J C
Thomas, Military Support Officer at English Heritage.
There will also be a Living History Programme running throughout the
weekend with, among others, members of La Columna, 10th Essex and The
Invicta Military Vehicles Preservation Trust.
The workshop will take place in the spectacular surroundings of
The Royal Artillery Museum, at Woolwich Arsenal and participants will
have access to the museum galleries throughout the weekend. This
an accompanied Gallery visit with members of the Museums curatorial
Finally there will be the chance to go on a guided field trip to look
the surviving military archaeology of the Shooters Hill area and Anti
Invasion Stop Line Central, the subject of the recent Time Team
programme "Blitzkrieg on Shooters Hill."
This is a unique chance to see what is going on in the fascinating
of Conflict Archaeology, where to find out more and how to get
To enrol please call our central enrolments team on; 020 7631 6651.
The workshop costs just £80.00 including Tea and Coffee. [£40.00
concessions- Seniors/Job Seekers/Working Family Tax Credit/Income
Support /Housing or Council Tax Benefit].
Many of the CAIRN members that attended the last two FOC conferences will be
aware of the survey work we are doing at the D-Day site of Pointe du Hoc in
Normandy. We will be continuing our survey work from March 10-20 and if any
CAIRN members are in the area and would like to visit us please feel free to
visit. We will be doing some geo-physical work, laser scanning and some low
level aerial photography work.
One of the things I am particularly interested in is identifying individual
bomb and shell craters and tying them to a particular air-raid and size of
bomb. The aerial photography record is not complete and only about 25% of
the craters can be attributed to a particular raid. I am going to
investigate if there is a way to identify a crater by analysis of its
physical dimensions and I would be interested to know if any CAIRN members
are aware of any similar work in this area.
Dr. Richard Burt, MRICS
Associate Professor & Associate Department Head
Department of Construction Science
Texas A&M University
Richard and Peter: There is a formal process for crater analysis, although it may not give you ordnance size specifically. The references I have are:
U.S. War Dept. Technical Manual TM E9-1901 - Identification of Japanese Shells and Shell Fragments; Location of Enemy Batteries dated 1945 (This is the intro to Crater Analysis).
2003 Crater Analysis. School for Peace Support Operations Training Manual, New York. I have a copy - this is a color spiral bound piece meant to go with a power point based training session.
The two together provide the basis of large ordnance crater analysis. The TM should be findable by interlibrary loan. The UN one, I am not so sure, but try ILL. If you don't turn it up, let me know and I will copy what I have.
Apologies, this is slightly off-topic....
Now you can visit the secret underground WW1 city built by British Tommies | the Daily Mail
BBC NEWS | England | Tyne | WWI training trenches excavated
After ignoring military structures for decades, they're taking it to the opposite extreme now-
'Magic Mountain' nuclear bunker given 'historic' status, just 19 years after it was built | the Daily Mail
Haven't heard of a good aircraft recovery for a while...
The last flight of Spitfire P8563
The Hexham Courant
This database gives you a good idea of the amount of militaria lying about the British countryside-
UK Finds Database - - Military badges - UKDFD
Anyone know if there's a similar European database?
Interesting developments in Surrey. Wonder if this bunker could be wartime?
Does secret bunker lie under housing land? - Surrey Advertiser Online
This seems like a good local initiative to fill out the Defence of Britain database-
Project Will Put Forgotten Wartime Sites On The Map (from The Northern Echo)
There seems no end to official vandalism-
MSP urges action over Crail airfield - Fife Today
Well, more like defibrillated...delighted to find this old thread. Thought it was long gone.
Here's a warden's post in the Canmore St car park in Dunfermline, Fife, a couple of years back.