Machine Gun PillboxBack 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.
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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.