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Time for a thread. As an archaeologist, I spend most of my time looking at wartime defences to work out how they would be used and how they were sited in the landscape to be most effective.

#SWW #WW2 #Pillbox #Archaeology Image
Every so often I get to look at documents to add further meaning to surviving defences, which is a hugely important. This make me very happy. Unfortunately, documentary research is rarely undertaken for anti-invasion defences. This makes me very sad. Image
Before I start, I need to clarify some of the misunderstandings around this period. There is a lot of mythology surrounding this whole period, some of which is now ingrained and taken for fact and at worst is #duffhistory. Here’s the main ones-
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Hi Everyone! I'd love for you all to participate in this #duffhistory poll. I had some trouble wording it quite the way I wanted it to, but essentially I'd love to know if you've seen any of the following photos online and been swayed by misinformation.

Go on, be honest 👇🏼
I paired it up with a super old pic of me holding a vintage camera, because we need to get some visibility and beat that algorithm, fam. Share away to your hearts content!
PLEASE NOTE: I have given all of the photos fake names. I know what the true provenance of most of the photos are, but I want to get people's genuine reactions to seeing them, rather than do my normal supply of accurate info sharing.

(That's me tooting my own horn).
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It's disappointing to see the success of #LCT7074's move used to air a grievance with a museum. It's more disappointing when that grievance is based on #duffhistory.

It's time to stop this myth: Secret frogmen didn't land on the Normandy beaches hours ahead of the invasion. 1/11
10 Landing Craft Obstacle Clearance Units (LCOCU) were at Normandy – 4 at Juno, 4 at Gold, 2 at Sword. Their role was to clear underwater obstacles & obstructions so landing craft could reach the beach. But they did it after the leading waves had touched down. 📷IWM A28997. 2/11
The first D-Day landings were planned to be just after low tide, when obstacles were exposed. Behind them came the LCOCU and Royal Engineer units. As the tide came in, LCOCU would work on obstacles as they were immersed, whilst the RE would work on the beach. 📷IWM A 23993. 3/11
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