A Very Dangerous Locality
The landscape of the Suffolk Sandlings in the Second World War
Author: Robert Liddiard, David Sims
“Rich with first-hand accounts, photos and colour figures showing deployments, Dangerous Locality offers a sophisticated yet accessible analysis – better than anything else I’ve read – of the frantic scramble as Britain faced invasion in 1940–41. With hindsight we know this never came to pass; but the perception at the time was very different, and that’s the point.”
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Winner of the History and Tradition category of the East Anglian Book Awards
“[P]rovides a distinctive perspective, both methodological and geographical, on the defence of Britain. By taking an interdisciplinary landscape approach to one particular stretch of coastline — between Lowestoft and Harwich — the high chronological as well as geographical resolution of the data creates a particularly rich, contextualised case study.” Harold Mytum, Post-Medieval Archaeology
“[W]hat really happened in the Sandlings during the Second World War has been uncovered by researchers at the University of East Anglia and is recorded by two of them in this fascinating book. To some of us this is somewhat recent history, but it is no less engrossing for having occurred ‘only the day before yesterday’.” Robert Maltster, Proceedings of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History
“This is an extremely well structured, clearly explained and meticulously researched book. The authors provide many startling insights into the processes of interaction between human activity and the natural topography of the region. It is lavishly illustrated with many beautifully reproduced photographs and very useful maps which are clearly drawn and easy to interpret. There is also an extensive bibliography giving a full list of primary as well as secondary sources. At 363 pages it is not a quick read but it is an enjoyable one and its information has enriched our understanding of this aspect of local history considerably.” Nick Sign, The Suffolk Review
This book examines the landscape archaeology of the Second World War on the section of the east coast of England known as the Suffolk Sandlings (the coastal strip from Lowestoft to Felixstowe), an area unusually rich in military archaeology. It was in the front line of Britain’s defences against invasion throughout the war and as a training ground it was the setting for nationally important exercises in the lead-up to the D-Day landings.
In 1944 it also played a major role in Operation ‘Diver’, the defence against the flying bomb. The Sandlings is therefore an ideal testbed for much wider questions about the militarisation of the landscape during the Second World War.
ISBN: 978-1-912260-08-9 Format: Paperback, 384pp Published: Nov 2018
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