Monday, June 18, 2018

Leighton Battery.. The Tunnels.



Here's one for the WW2 buffs out there. I am fascinated by that era, by the enduring defiance of the British not to give in. We visited Leighton Battery Heritage Site on Saturday to find that the tunnels were thankfully only open on Sundays for guided tours. I own up to feeling much relief, as fascinated as I am my fear of enclosed spaces would have stopped me going down.. pretty pathetic when you think of the conditions endured during both World Wars and every war since. The history of the site here is a good read. We can only hope that the men/women today who sit in their positions of power playing war games consider long and hard before sending any more young men and women out to fight in their names. Happy Monday, take care and stay safe..


20 comments:

  1. Even now, the fortifications look solid.

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  2. ...the tunnels don't look inviting to me either!

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  3. Amen! If it was older people who fought war, would there be war?

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  4. The defensive cannon batteries were often part of large tunnel systems. Hope the reason for these defenses fades into history for all of us.

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  5. Maybe we need to send a few of them down into those places for an extended stay!

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  6. War is literally hell! There is nothing good about it. We need places like this to remind each other of those facts. And if I were elected to a national position, my first bill would be to insist that everyone in the legislature who voted in favor of war or the clanging of arms, be sent to the front for the duration! No exemptions for funny toes or for being a heel.

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  7. Your sentiments about sending young off to war are certainly felt by me. The site has an interesting history.

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  8. That first shot is chilling; I'm not sure I'd care to go down those stairs. And I'm with you, Grace. The U.S. has had its share of war mongering politicians, one of whom said he "had other priorities" than serving in the Vietnam war and couldn't wait to wage our endless war in the Mideast.

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  9. I agree very much with RedPat.
    It has a fascination, though, knowing it´s safe now, Grace. If you go.... pics, please :-)

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  10. Reminds me of North head in Auckland, pity it's fenced off.

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  11. That is quite a story I didn't know. It was really a World War both times.

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  12. Thank goodness we did not have to live through times like these Grace.

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  13. Some of the people in power do not have the same goals as the people they serve, most of whom would like to curtail violence and end bloodshed. Why is it that old men seem to think it is okay to send young men to war zones to do fighting, enduring pain and bloodshed? It seems to be a timeless problem with no solution. Is it merely testosterone? Greed, need for power all seem to mix together. Humanity appears to have learned nothing over the centuries, despite memorials such as this with ample history to prove the futility of war, terrorism and violence.

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  14. Fascinating! We were treated to under-ground-secret-tunnels at Dover Castle, in Dover, England when we visited there, and it was such an interesting experience!

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  15. A couple of years back when we were in Northern France we went through some of the war tunnels. In one they had a sound system going which gave you the sounds of running, bombs, guns and shouting, it was frightening and very realistic! Keep well Diane

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