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#1 mebu

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 09:40 AM

Here's a British GW pill box which I don't think is in any danger now.....will probably be there for ever....

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 11:16 AM

Hi Peter

Interesting photo, can you tell us anything about it, eg., location, reason for being submerged etc,
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Posted 18 March 2012 - 08:42 PM

Hello Khaki This is a standard GHQ pattern, one of several built in 1918 west of Amiens, at Argoeves. Probably left after gravel extraction, eaier to leave it than remove it. Looks like it may be there for ever now,

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 01:23 AM

Hi Peter,
Thanks for the information, shame to see it like that, but I suppose nothing can be done without great expense.
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Posted 19 March 2012 - 11:18 AM

Some WW2 pill boxes on the British coast ended up in the sea due to being undermined by coastal erosion. I imagine much the same happened with the gravel extraction. Getting rid of old fortifications can be a problem - in the late 19th century some old Martello towers proved impervious even to the new fangled dynamite.

Still no construction will be there for ever - ask Ozymandous!



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Posted 19 March 2012 - 01:52 PM

Still no construction will be there for ever - ask Ozymandous!



Australian bloke ?

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 02:02 PM

Australian bloke ?


OK I spelt it wrong


"I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: "Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
`My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away".



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Posted 19 March 2012 - 07:08 PM

Well selected Centurion.

I suppose it does look a bit Ozymandian.

If sand be water....don't think I'll look for any inscription until the lake dries.

Which is a shame.....similar construction further north has nice insciption by Tunnelling Company builders.

Peter