See our new page on Newhaven Fort now just about complete. We still have work to do in completion of the remaining defences around Newhaven and though the pages are set we have survey work to do when the weather permits. More follows?
Beginning the long task of editing material for our new page on the extensive defences of Newhaven Port on the Sussex coast. The town featured prominently throughout both world wars and played a quiet but important deterrent roll during Napoleonic times.
Our page features will include the history of the six inch battery on Castle Hill and its supporting Radar Station at Friars Bay together with the 3.7inch AA battery on Peacehaven Heights. The History of the Victorian Fort itself together with the older Lunette Battery located at the mouth of the harbour. The top secret Naval underground HQ bunker of HMS Forward. The WW1 Seaplane base on Seaford Bay. The Starfish Decoy site at Cuckmere Valley and finally the ill fated Dieppe raid in August 1942 that left from Newhaven Port.
The pages will take a little while to complete and some photographic survey work is still required but it is hoped that if there is sufficient material when fully collated that a book might be worthwhile publishing later in the year.
The evenings are getting lighter at last and the new survey season is nearly upon us. Our first trip is to Dover, Kent to complete the survey work for our article on the cross channel gun battery's in WW2. We have completed most of the work on the French coastal side, see our page on this website, but have not yet been able to undertake the same survey of the British coast overlooking the channel near Dover.
Throughout the war Dover and Folkestone were heavily bombarded by the deterrent shelling from the German heavy battery's and a great many lives were lost and property damaged by these indiscriminate attacks, often arriving without any warning at all.
Our answer to this was the installation of four big long range 15inch guns located on the hills just east of Dover.
Though theses guns were just pipsqueaks to their German counterparts they did at least give us some ability to fire back at them and long range duels were fought across the channel around the D-Day invasion period.
We are planning to photograph and record what is still there and to identify the exact sites where our big guns were once located; our results will formulate a new page on this website later in the spring.
Steve is a retired photography teacher and now works as a military historian while living in East Sussex, England.