It is unsurprising that Walberswick received considerable military attention in the summer of 1940 and was an important part in Suffolk's coastal defence. When the war in the west started in May 1940 the 2nd/4th South Lancashire Regiment, was responsible for the defence of Walberswick. 

The activities of the 2nd/4th South Lancashires and other troops stationed close by to support them have left considerable archaeological traces that can still be seen today. 

The specific forms of defensive structures and the men who manned them form the basis of the next section and the computer reconstructions on this website.


Defending the beaches. The propaganda value of this staged wartime photo is clear enough. In 1940 men from the 2nd/4th South Lancashire Regiment defended the beach at Walberswick. (Imperial War Museum)