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The Buildings That Fought Hitler

  • Season 1
  • 8 episodes
  • Documentary

Summary

Presenter and engineer Rob Bell presents an eight-part series on the defences that Britain put in place in 1940 to defend the country against the threat of a Nazi invasion.

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Episode 3: We Shall Fight Them In The Fields

Summary

Numerous pill boxes, gun emplacements and dragon's teeth were all tactically positioned to slow the Germans trying to get to the major cities.

Review

There are some delightfully twee, Agatha Christie-mystery-village-sounding names – Creech St Michael, Crimson Hill, Knowle St Giles – in Rob Bell’s exploration of Britain’s wartime anti-invasion defences. Though of course these are real places that would possibly have had a significant part to play had the Nazis landed and forced their way through the country. All are the sites of pill boxes, concrete sheds designed to house Home Guard men whose task was to keep the enemy at bay until the regular Army marshalled its forces.

Historians visit sites on the Taunton “stop line” that cut across the West Country coast to coast. It was never tested, but would it have been effective?

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