WALES: WWII anti invasion remains
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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.


Introduction

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:

  • Pillboxes
  • Anti tank gun emplacements
  • Roadblocks
  • Landmines
  • Anti tank ditches
  • Anti tank cubes
  • Anti Tank Rails
  • Stop lines
  • Barbed Wire Entanglements
  • Observation Points
  • Defended Buildings
  • Loopholed Walls
  • 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:

  • Main feature

  • Audio Production Commentary

  • Music only option

  • Subtitles

  • Additional information as on-screen text

  • Other WWII Remains: a feature on artefacts that are other than anti-invasion defences

  • Photo Gallery

  • Trailers for other Star Video production

Why Wales?

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?
Anti tank blocks at Talybont reservoir, Brecon BeaconsAnti tank blocks at Talybont reservoir, Brecon Beacons
Anti tank blocks at Talybont reservoir, Brecon Beacons © Star Video 2012

 

 

Pillbox - Fairbourne, North WalesPillbox - Fairbourne, North Wales
Pillbox - Fairbourne, North Wales © Star Video 2012

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Barbed wire entanglement - West WalesBarbed wire entanglement - West Wales
Very rare: Barbed wire entanglement - West Wales © Star Video 2012

 

 

Coastal Observation Point: Undy, South East WalesCoastal Observation Point: Undy, South East Wales
Coastal Observation Point: Undy, South East Wales © Star Video 2012

 

 

Pillbox near Abergavenny, South WalesPillbox near Abergavenny, South Wales
Pillbox near Abergavenny, South Wales © Star Video 2012

 

 

Spigot Mortar Emplacement, Ogwen valley, SnowdoniaSpigot Mortar Emplacement, Ogwen valley, Snowdonia
Spigot Mortar Emplacement, Ogwen valley, Snowdonia © Star Video 2012

 

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