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Assignment 1, Question 2 All the sites were crucial to the defence of Sussex in World War 2. The main crucial defences were Tangemere airfield, Newhaven fort, Coastal crust like Newhaven fort and Stop lines Firstly, Newhaven fort was helpful to the coastal defence of Britain because it contained different types and methods of defence and ways to stop the German army from penetrating Britain. Firstly, big battery guns were capable of shooting down ships and planes at long distances. Secondly, Newhaven increased local people's morale by seeing such gunning placements being put in and the entire fortification being updated from its previous use of fighting off the French in the 100-year battle. ...read more.


Thirdly, Coastal crust was very important to Britain's defence in the war as it prevented the German army from landing their boats and troops on Sussex beaches. Defences such as Pil boxes large gunning placements secured Sussex's beaches from invasion, tactics such as Greek fire to stop large German battle ships from landing assured the public of safety. Coastal crust also stopped the German army from getting to major rivers where they could get into the centre of London from, coastal crust worked very well in theory but never had to be put to the test as operation Sealion was dropped by Hitler. Finally, Stop lines secured Sussex because f Hitler's army broke through the coastal defences stop lines would be there to slow them down with devices like mounted machine guns and dragon's teeth to give time for cities t prepare for invasion. ...read more.


In conclusion, based on set criteria I think that Tangemere airfield was the most effective as it worked well in theory and worked extremely well as it was used, however its downside was it provided no morale support as it was very secretive. Coastal crust was very effective and provided good moral support for the civilians of Sussex but was never put to the test so wasn't as important to Britain's defence. Newhaven fort was a very effective part of Britain's defences as it was large and worked very well in theory but was never put to the test. Stop lines were not as important to Britain's defence as they were small defences worked averagely well in theory but worked well with nodal defences, the public would have seen these defences so would have boosted morale a bit. ?? ?? ?? ?? HISTORY COURSEWORK Tom Cattani 10BD ...read more.

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