Machine Gun Pillbox

Back Top of Cliffs, Weybourne, Norfolk

Machine gun pillbox sited on cliffs overlooking Weybourne beach; now on the cliff edge and about to fall into the sea.

The erosion of the cliff edge on this part of the Norfolk coast regularly exposes Second World War remains. In this case, the retreating cliffs offer a good view of an emplacement for a Vickers Machine gun that was partially sunk into the ground. The Vickers was a reliable and accurate weapon with a long range and so ideal for giving enfilade fire along the long runs of beaches found in in East Anglia. The placing of such a weapon here was so it could fire directly across the beach at Weybourne Hope, which was considered one of Norfolk’s most vulnerable landing areas during the war.

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