Hidden wartime trenches and defence systems uncovered in Dover countryside

Contributed by editor on Jun 11, 2019 - 12:55 PM


By Dana Wiffen

With the current 75th anniversary commemorations of the D-Day landings just passed, there is a recently excavated area hidden away in the Dover countryside that could be of great interest to people wanting to know more about the history of the Second World War.

After the outbreak of WW2 and the subsequent Dunkirk evacuations during 1940 the fear of German invasion was at its highest and around the UK defence systems were being set up at vital points which included Pill boxes, anti-tank defence schemes and the formation of the Home Guard.

These and many others were part of a bigger plan to delay and harass any German movement of troops into Britain.

Trenches  Photo: Dana Wiffen

Not so widely known even today was the deployment of troops in certain locations near to railways, mines, rivers, canals and important road junctions.

A recently excavated example of one of these important defence points is the WW2 Trenches at the Knees Woodland on the East Kent Railway site, next to the main line station at Shepherdswell, Kent.

Wooded land between the mainline to Dover and the Kent Collieries branch line has been excavated to allow visitors a guided tour of this once important defence line that remained unused after we won the Battle of Britain.

Would be visitors need to ensure that it’s an East Kent Railway 'special day' for the tour.

On these days visitors can have a guided tour of this important part of WW2 history.

The trenches  Photo: Dana Wiffen

Please check the East Kent Railway’s website

For details of Trench Tour Days email

Or on Facebook: The East Kent Railway Woodland Team

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