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Anti-invasion measures

From Historical Hastings


During various , Hastings has been a front-line town due to its proximity to the continent. These vary from a ditch to prevent the French landing during the early 19th century to the more recent WW2 beach defences. In addition, the civilian population has had evacuation to safer areas, together with various restrictions on movement during these periods. The most prominent remains of anti-invasion measures locally are a number of Tank Traps, some of which are still in their original location.One of the issues with restrictions of movement affected a number of local businesses, this being the order that Aliens had to move inland at least 20 miles in June of 1940[1]. A number of large guns were concealed in parks around the town with the aiming points pre-set to such locations as Hastings Pier in 1940[2]


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