10 Apr 2008 • 1,644 views
Guarding the Canal
After finding a couple of World War II pillboxes in Liverpool, in Allerton and Garston I decide to investigate further and found an interesting web site on the Defenses in the North West which described further pillboxes in the area. Seeing as there were some on the Leeds Liverpool canal nearby the obvious thing was to take some pictures.
Apparently the threat of invasion in the North West was considered so serious that a defence line along the Leeds Liverpool Canal from Wigan to Liverpool was constructed using pillboxes and anti-tank obstacles. It was known as Western Command Stop Line Number 14. Stop Lines were based on anti-tank ditches and pill boxes. Their aim was to slow down the enemy's advance and to allow counter attack. Villages would be defended to become islands of resistance. The canal and it's embankment would act as the anti-tank ditch. Concrete pill boxes and fortified buildings were placed at bridges and at points with good views over the fields below.
This pill box, with and old working boat moored in front of it, is known as Moss Bridge Type 24 box, on the opposide side of the canal to the towpath.
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