NEW – British defensive pillboxes released

This is a momentous post for MarDav. In addition to being the first major terrain release and the start of our new range of British pillboxes and defences, it also marks the start of our in-house designed models that will also be available to purchase as stl files for printing at home.

During 1940, the threat of a German invasion (Operation “Seelowe” or “Sealion”) was very real. In anticipation of this, local Home Guard and Auxiliary units were trained, sign posts and such were removed to confound German spies and many other small actions taken to reinforce our resilience and defences. Most of these are now long gone and forgotten. However, across England, almost every town, village or parish has at least one reminder of the feared invasion – pillboxes. These (usually) smaller concrete or brick structures dot the landscape; still watching and covering the areas they were set to guard so many years ago…..

As always, here’s a little background on the various models…..

Type 22

The Type 22 was one of the standard defensive strongpoints built during WWII to counter the anticipated German invasion. Designed for riflemen, these are hexagonal in shape and generally have loopholes in 5 of the walls. Built from both concrete and bricks, they are one of the most commonly found types.

Type 23

The Type 23 was a split design; with an enclosed area for riflemen and an open area with a light AA mount such as a Bren gun. These are rectangular in shape and generally have loopholes in 3 or 4 of the walls. Access can be a little unusual, as often there was no open entrance and access was via a ladder. The Type 23 was built from both concrete and bricks.

Type 24

The Type 24 was designed for either riflemen or a section with a light machine gun. Unlike the Type 22, they are irregularly hexagonal in shape and generally have loopholes in all of the walls. The entrance is usually in the longest wall, and flanked by embrasures on either side. Built from both concrete and bricks, they are one of the most commonly found types.

Type 25

The Type 25 was designed primarily for riflemen. They are cylindrical in shape and generally have 3 loopholes, and a low entrance. They were usually made from poured concrete in a corrugated iron mould, giving them their unique “ribbed” appearance.

Type 26

The Type 26 was designed for riflemen. They are square in shape and generally have loopholes in 3 or 4 of the walls, but variants with only two are known.

Unlike the other standard types, the 26 was also manufactured in a prefabricated version. This was known as a “Stent” and was supplied in addition to the usual brick and concrete versions.

Type 27

The Type 27 was larger structure than most pillboxes. The main body was an enclosed area for riflemen and light machine guns. There was also an open roof pit with a light AA mount such as a Bren gun.

They are octagonal in shape and generally have loopholes in 7 of the walls. The entrance in the last wall, sometimes with flanking embrasures. The entrance is usually also protected by a covered porch with another embrasure. The Type 27 was built from both concrete and bricks.

Type 28

Unlike the other standard Types, the 28 was designed for an anti-tank gun (a 2pdr or 6pdr Hotchkiss). As it was expected to draw heavier fire, it had much thicker walls – rated as “shellproof”. Additionally, short range defensive fire would be provided by a rifle section with a light machine gun.

These are rectangular in shape and generally have loopholes in all of the walls. There is also a larger offset embrasure for the AT gun. Built from both concrete and bricks, they are one of the most commonly found types of anti-tank pillbox.

Northumberland “D”

This stands out from this list as a non-standard design. However, we are based in Northumberland with some of these close by, so I couldn’t miss them from the first wave!

The Northumberland D Type pillbox is a WWII defensive strongpoint unique to Northumberland. Broadly similar to a Type 24 in that it is an irregular hexagon; it differs in the number and locations of the embrasures and the length of the walls.

In order to aid with placing models inside, all these pillboxes have a removable roof and no interior blast walls. Where necessary, extras such as a pintle-mounted Bren gun or ladder are also supplied.

As these are entirely designed by MarDav, we are happy to take custom requests. Regional and other variations are also possible, please contact us for further information or with specific requests.

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