WWII Bunkers

Take a stroll along the western bank of the River Tame at Tamworth and you might make a surprising discovery.

Hunkered down in the grass by the edge of the riverbank, in the shadow of Tamworth Castle, is a squat, hexagonal, concrete bunker. This pillbox dates from the early 1940’s, one of around 28,000 similar defensive structures built at strategic locations across the country to slow down a potential German invasion force during World War II.

Follow the river and canal network and you will encounter several more of these fortifications, stark reminders of a dark time in our history.

Read more about anti-invasion preparations during WW2 at Wikipedia.

Watch ‘War on the waterways’ video by Canal & River Trust.

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