WALES: Relics of World War II
Pillboxes and other anti invasion remains
Star Video is currently working on its second feature: a study of World War II remains across Wales.
The study will show examples existing on the ground today, and investigate how they fitted in to an anti-invasion strategy.
In conjunction with the DVD, these web pages will also show information on WWII anti invasion remains ... it is Star Video's intention that these pages become a major resource for those interest in the subject.
During the early years of World War II an invasion of the UK by German forces was a real and present danger.
To counter this, in 1940 a massive building program of anti-invasion defences was undertaken.
What is left of these defences today are the ‘hardened’ anti-invasion defences – these artefacts are most commonly reinforced concrete and sometimes metal – materials that can and have survived since 1940/1941.
These web pages
Over the coming months this web page will expand to include many examples and aspects of World War II anti-invasion defences across Wales.
Included are examples of:
Anti tank gun emplacements
Anti tank ditches
Anti tank cubes
Anti Tank Rails
Barbed Wire Entanglements
Alan Williams Turrets
Spigot Mortar Emplacements
By no means will every single surviving anti invasion remain be catalogued. For these see such works as the Defence of Britain Archive and the Google Earth Defence of Britain Community (links on the right).
As well as providing surviving examples, these pages will explain why they were built where they were, and how they would integrate with other surviving and long gone features of the anti-invasion strategies.
Trailer for 'WALES: Relics of World War II' (1 minutes 30 seconds)
This trailer introduces you to Star Video's DVD presentation 'WALES: Relics of World War II'.
The DVD will have a full set of extras including:
Audio Production Commentary
Music only option
Additional information as on-screen text
Other WWII Remains: a feature on artefacts that are other than anti-invasion defences
Trailers for other Star Video production
In heavily populated areas WWII remains have been removed – often as part of a deliberate post-war policy. Wales is relatively unspoilt, often sparsely populated and mainly rural. This means that anti-invasion remains are less likely to have been removed or damaged compared to those in more crowded England.
The remoteness also led to local materials often being used in construction (with the added advantage of aiding camouflage).
Since the landscape of much of Wales has often change little or not at all since 1940, this makes interpretation of remains easier.
Finally, much of Wales is breathtakingly beautiful – so what is there not to like?