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Monument details

HER Number:TR 15 SE 285
Type of record:Monument
Name:Second World War Nodal Point at Bridge

Summary

From 1940 the village of Bridge was defended as a Category ‘A’ Nodal Point. Its defences are, as yet, almost completely mysterious, apart from a fortified house and a flame trap.


Grid Reference:TR 1800 5400
Map Sheet:TR15SE
Parish:BRIDGE, CANTERBURY, KENT

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From 1940 the village of Bridge was defended as a Category ‘A’ Nodal Point (Military Grid Reference R 6272). Earlier that year, military planners had noted that in Northern France, the German tanks had tended to follow roads – deviating only rarely and returning to them at the first opportunity. They observed that the narrower, and more winding roads of South-East England converged much more frequently on towns and villages. These towns and villages often already had their own Home Guard arrangements in place, and accommodated various billeted military units. They therefore saw the opportunity to disrupt and delay any invasion by forming garrisons at well-connected villages. Thus a series of Nodal Points, such as this, were established across the countryside. The defences of the Bridge Nodal Point are as yet, however, almost completely mysterious, apart from a fortified house and a flame trap.
Owner : Public
Publicly accessible : Yes
How accessed for survey :
Tourism Potential :
Condition : poor
Date of visit :


CBA Defence of Britain Project (Digital archive). SKE15263.


CBA Defence of Britain Project (Digital archive). Ske15263.


List of VPs appendix to South Eastern Army Operations Instruction No. 20 (Unpublished document). SKE15262.


List of VPs appendix to South Eastern Army Operations Instruction No. 20 (Unpublished document). Ske15262.

Sources and further reading

Cross-ref. Source description
---Unpublished document: List of VPs appendix to South Eastern Army Operations Instruction No. 20.
---Digital archive: CBA Defence of Britain Project.
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