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Re: Home Guard Hidden defence - Rochester
« Reply #14 on: February 22, 2013, 17:13:18 »
.....a"hedge hog"point ,what ever that was.
I believe it had all-round defence, like a hedgehog whose spines face in all directions.
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Re: Home Guard Hidden defence - Rochester
« Reply #13 on: February 22, 2013, 16:52:42 »
Yes the anti tank blocks at Queen Street were part of the resistance point plan. I was shown a folder detailing the overall parts of a "hedge hog" point, whatever that was? It involved the anti aircraft soldiers at Fort Clarence, plus various road blocks in and around the Star Hill, Maidstone Road and the Vine area. The folder was in possession of the Watts Almshouse clerk, understood it to have come into their hands via a Mr Reeves, a trustee who was a home guard officer during the war.

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Re: Home Guard Hidden defence - Rochester
« Reply #12 on: February 22, 2013, 12:56:03 »
PS to above: It was 0.55in bore, not 0.5in.
See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boys_anti-tank_rifle
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Re: Home Guard Hidden defence - Rochester
« Reply #11 on: February 22, 2013, 12:28:24 »
The Boys anti-tank rifle was a 0.5 inch bolt action rifle with a 5 round magazine, with a bipod mount. Firing armour piercing rounds with an enormous propellant charge, the 'kick' was said to be like that of a mule. 'Boys' was the name of its designer.

It`s interesting that about a half-dozen cylindrical anti-tank blocks were stored on the pavement at the top of Queen Street, ready to be placed in Maidstone Road.
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Re: Home Guard Hidden defence - Rochester
« Reply #10 on: February 22, 2013, 11:46:46 »
Hi, the home guard in Rochester had a "resistance point" in and around Watts Almshouse in King Street, Rochester. A round shrubbery on the front lawns housed a shoulder depth gun pit, concreted around the sides. Also just in front of the new bungalows a Boys anti tank gun pit (now camouflaged by a low circular brick wall). Any one know what a Boys anti tank was?
PS I built the wall so I know its there.

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Re: Home Guard Hidden defence - Rochester
« Reply #9 on: October 31, 2012, 18:01:13 »
Sorry, was basing it on the turn by the war memorial not the road.

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Re: Home Guard Hidden defence - Rochester
« Reply #8 on: October 27, 2012, 19:58:40 »
grandarog, Thanks. That is the photos I meant and is Two Post Alley where the gun placements were.
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Re: Home Guard Hidden defence - Rochester
« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2012, 15:31:30 »
I think this may be the photos that Rochesterbred was looking for :-
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http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=5282.msg47200#msg47200

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Re: Home Guard Hidden defence - Rochester
« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2012, 14:48:05 »
Jon, it is actually Two Post Alley that these are on as I have visited them and seen them myself. Black Boy Alley is by the cathedral but Two Post Alley is near the castle.
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Re: Home Guard Hidden defence - Rochester
« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2012, 13:17:37 »
That'll be "Two Post Alley"

I think you mean 'Black Boy Alley' as Two Post Alley is further up towards the bridge.

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Re: Home Guard Hidden defence - Rochester
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2012, 16:32:16 »
There was a picture on here before of them but I could not find it.
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Re: Home Guard Hidden defence - Rochester
« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2012, 16:21:00 »
That'll be "Two Post Alley"

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Home Guard Hidden defence - Rochester
« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2009, 10:45:07 »
Stroll along Rochester High Street (towards the bridge) and you pass the turning on left for the cathedral.  Keep going and you'll come to an alley on the left (can't remember the name of it).  Look at the wall and you'll see 2 holes plated over.  These are rifle loops.  This building was a defended house during the war with a field of fire down the High Street facing towards Chatham.

Now. Walk up the alley and as you get to the end, very gently pull back the ivy at ground level and you'll uncover the slit which housed a Lewis Gun. Do pull the ivy back gently as the wooden surround to the slit is very brittle! The garden on the other side is much lower than the pavement and there`s a fire step giving access to the slit.

I've got some pics somewhere so I'll post them as soon as I remember where I put them.

Unless you know about the above, you'd never notice them, which has helped to preserve a rare HG position.

Chris  :)

 

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