UK WW2 Defences

"This section of the World at War website seeks to help show the different types of fortification, and with readers help, to build a catalouge of where they can still be seen today."

Barry Docks late 1943. This are is now Barry Waterfront. In the middle of the picture can be seen the camoflauged oil storage tanks, protected by a barrage balloon.

Recommended guide to UK Defences

Recommended Guidebook, 20th Centrury Defences in Britain, 'An Introductory Guide'

 

In the run-up to the Second World War a massive building programme took place across the UK, to prepare for war.

Air raid shelters, gun batteries, airbases and all manner of civil defences were built between the late 30s and the mid 40s.

It is estimated that araound 100,000 defensive positions were built around the UK during the early years of WW2, but only around 6000 are surviving today.

This NEW SECTION of the World at War website seeks to help show the different types of fortification, and with readers help, to build a catalouge of where they can still be seen today.

The section will also help readers to learn how to catalouge, research and record these often neglected, but historic buildings.

3.7-inch anti-aircraft gun firing, Southern Command, 16 November 1943, The ammunition lockers similar to at the emplacement at Lavernock Battery, Penarth, S.Wales can be seen

3.7-inch anti-aircraft gun  emplacement ammunition lockers at Lavernock Battery, Penarth, S.Wales

Lavanock Battery, Penarth, S.Wales