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Reports & Papers

Here you will find reports, papers, interviews and presentations published by the group.

Webinars and Interviews

80 years on – New perspectives on Second World War anti-invasion defences

You can watch our UK SWW Heritage and Council for British Archaeology Festival of Archaeology webinar online.

Meet The Archaeologist: Chris Kolonko

Chris was interviewed as part of Archaeosoup’s ‘Meet the Archaeologist’ series.

Papers, Reports and Guides

Interpreting Second World War Defences: An Introductory Guide

This paper written in 2018 outlines some of the advanced GIS interpretation methodology developed by Chris Kolonko and how they can be implemented to learn more about wartime anti-invasion defences.

Interpreting the Second World War Pillboxes at Reighton Sands

Abstract and figures- Pillboxes are quite possibly the most easily recognised reminder of the invasion scare period from 1940 to 1944. However, they were part of a much wider planned defensive landscape; consisting of trenches, barbed wire and anti-tank obstacles. The landscape itself was also integral to the defence of a given area and regularly exploited for maximum defensive advantage. This article will highlight some of the results of the ongoing recording and interpretation of Second World War era Coastal Crust defences at Reighton Sands, North Yorkshire. First published in- Forum: The Journal of Council for British Archaeology Yorkshire Volume 7

Twitter Threads

Pillbox Evolution in East Sussex. P. Hibbs (2021)

Bishopstone Station Pillbox. P. Hibbs (2021)

War Diaries and Home Defence- A case study of the 6th Battalion King’s Own Royal Regiment’s experiences in Northern Command in 1940 and 1941. C. Kolonko (2021)

The True Extent of the Anti-Invasion Defence Landscape in Filey Bay. C. Kolonko (2019)

Pillboxes- The Wider Context. C. Kolonko (2018)

Genealogy and Pillbox Graffiti. C. Kolonko and S. Weet (2021)

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