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By Mike Osborne

For 2,000 years Essex, the county with the longest coast-line in England and dominating the jap methods to London, has been within the front-line opposed to international invasion, from the Romans to the Spanish Armada to the 2 global Wars. It has additionally been occupied with civil disease, from the Anarchy and the Peasants’ rebel to the English Civil battle. Many reminders of those scenes of clash will be visible within the panorama - Iron Age forts, a Roman walled city, medieval castles, strong-houses and abode moats, coastal fortifications from Napoleonic occasions and past, and Victorian barracks and the drill halls of the Volunteers. From the 20th century there are nonetheless extra websites: army airfields from the 1st international struggle and conflict of england fighter airfields, radar websites and later bomber bases from the second one. Anti-invasion defenses line the coast, linear defenses criss-cross the panorama, and AA websites are in every single place to be discovered. Taking the tale all of the manner as much as the nuclear possibility of the chilly warfare, this consultant will curiosity citizens and viewers alike.

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