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Discussion in 'Military History' started by GRW, Jan 4, 2004.

  1. GRW

    GRW Pillboxologist WW2|ORG Editor

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    Just came across this website-CAIRN; Conflict Archaeology International Research Network CAIRN
    Apparently it only started earlier this year, prompted by excavations at the English battlefield of Towton. They are hoping to get a referreed journal published annually, starting next year, and are looking for submissions.
    So now you can stop letting all that research gather dust, can't you? ;)

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    GRW Pillboxologist WW2|ORG Editor

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    This story is a perfect example of what people like myself are up against.
    Battery Removed
    Never mind the country's heritage, how much money can we make...sheer bloody vandalism... [​IMG]
     
  3. Martin Bull

    Martin Bull Acting Wg. Cdr

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    A depressing but all-too-familiar story. Still, nice to se that 'developers' are so deeply concerned about youth issues and structural safety ( :rolleyes: )......
     
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    GRW Pillboxologist WW2|ORG Editor

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    Too true, Martin.
    If memory serves, that type of pillbox was rarer than rocking horse droppings too.... [​IMG]
     
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    GRW Pillboxologist WW2|ORG Editor

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    I'm sure Martin will join me in a hearty round of applause for this one:

    Control towers :cool:

    And this one:
    Shipwreck law

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  6. Martin Bull

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    ...in fact, there should be a double-thumbs-up icon for the Bassingbourn Tower link, Gordon ! [​IMG]

    IMHO, of course, they should all have been listed years ago - so many have been thoughtlessly destroyed.

    But let's give thanks to the people at Bassingbourn, Thorpe Abbotts, Framlingham, Rougham, etc for all their efforts.
     
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    Here's a local museum for you aircraft fans. While not strictly WW II, it has an impressive collection:

    Pima Air Museum
     
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    Dang ! Gordon, I saw a ( new ? ) paperback in London today about WWII military architecture in the UK, priced £19.99. Full of interesting photos.

    I was going to rush back and make a posting - but I've forgotten the title and author..... :rolleyes: [​IMG]
     
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    Nice link TA! :cool:

    Martin,

    Not the Osprey one about anti-invasion defences, by Bernard Lowry(?), ex-president of the Fortress Study Group?
    Or a similar one by the Pillbox Study Group?
    Or "British Airfield Buildings of the Second World War"?
    Would be interested in expanding my collection, if you can remember the title.
     
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    Gordon, the answer is no, no and no ! :( Looks like I'm going to have to nip back down to Motor Books to have another look ! [​IMG]

    It did look interesting....
     
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    Gawd help us....
    They're not making the anoraks like they used to.... [​IMG] :D
     
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    suppose this is archaeology, so here goes...

    Recently acquired a copy of Shipwreck Index of the British Isles volume 4, by Richard and Bridget Larne. This part of a series commissioned by Lloyd's Register of Shipping and is an attempt to create a national British register of Shipwrecks, working around the coast on a county basis. This volume covers Scotland, and lists six THOUSAND wrecks going back to the 12th century.
    This book goes into incredible detail, so much so that the national heritage organisations used it as their "bible" a few years back when they were digitising the various National Monuments Records.
    It's a hefty book, but easy to read. It has a plethora of detail on every ship listed, and is valuable for some ongoing research of mine.
    The other nine or so volumes in the series are available second-hand, but I had to order this one directly from the publishers. It's expensive (£49), but well worth every penny, and to their credit the publishers gave me a free copy of the supplementary index to the first four volumes.
    And if I get bored, I can always use it as a door-stop! ;)
     
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    suppose this is archaeology, so here goes...

    Recently acquired a copy of Shipwreck Index of the British Isles volume 4, by Richard and Bridget Larne. This is part of a series commissioned by Lloyd's Register of Shipping and is an attempt to create a national British register of Shipwrecks, working around the coast on a county basis. This volume covers Scotland, and lists six THOUSAND wrecks going back to the 12th century.
    This book goes into incredible detail, so much so that the national heritage organisations used it as their "bible" a few years back when they were digitising the various National Monuments Records.
    It's a hefty book, but easy to read. It has a plethora of detail on every ship listed, and is valuable for some ongoing research of mine.
    The other nine or so volumes in the series are available second-hand, but I had to order this one directly from the publishers. It's expensive (£49), but well worth every penny, and to their credit the publishers gave me a free copy of the supplementary index to the first four volumes.
    And if I get bored, I can always use it as a door-stop! ;)
     
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    oops!
     
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    Hmmm - I think they're being a little fanciful about 'historical importance'. RAF Bicester isn't exactly another Scampton, Duxford or Thorpe Abbotts....
     
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    Just got word that CAIRN (Conflict Archaeology International Research Network) will be holding a conference on Warfare and Violence in Prehistoric Europe at Queen's University, Belfast on 28-29th May 2005.I'll keep you posted on further details.
    Martin,
    Discover the name of that book on military architecture yet?

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    Just found this site-

    Site o

    It's run by a few members of the Fortress Study Group, and is devoted to the world-wide study of fortifications.
    When I can figure how to post the latest newsletter in here, I will. Certain members will find it fascinating!
     
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    Martin,

    Check this one out-

    Duxford
     

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