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Defending Anglesey

by Mark Dalton

Hardback with dust jacket
376 pages, 250mm x 250mm
ISBN: 978 0 9564405 8 7
Price: £29.95 post free to UK mainland addresses
Publication date: 9 December 2013.

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The coastline and beaches of Anglesey draw thousands of tourists to the Island every year, but most will be unaware that this same coastline was patrolled by fragile royal Naval Airships almost 100 years ago looking for First World War U-boats, or that the beaches were once potential landing sites for a German invasion in 1940.

Airfields, army camps and naval bases sprang up around the Island during the Second World War and brought the modern world into what was a predominantly rural part of the country. Most of these military installations only lasted for the duration of the war, but the military never left as the Cold War took hold.

RAF Valley's jets have been a constant sight in Anglesey's skies for over sixty years, training our future fighter pilots, while the nearby motor racing circuit at Ty Croes was once a Top Secret research base for Britain's guided missiles, developed to bring down the high-flying bombers of the Soviet Airforce.

Gun batteries, pillboxes, airfields, radar sites, missile ranges and underground nuclear bunkers were all built on the Island. While it would appear at first glance that there is little time left today, Anglesey still has a rich and diverse array of military remains that reflect the tumultuous events of the twentieth century. This books sets out to discover and record what remains today on Anglesey before this important part of the Island's history is lost forever.

Contents:

1 Introduction
2 The First World War Comes to Anglesey
3 The Threat of Invasion
4 Anglesey Coastal Defences
5 Holyhead Defences
6 The Home Guard & Inland Defences
7 RAF Llandwrog
8 RAF Bodorgan
9 RAF Valley
10 Newborough Warren Bombing Decoy
11 Direction Finding Tower
12 Radar
13 Bombing & Gunnery Ranges
14 Ynys Gaint
15 No.1113 MCU at Porty-Y-Felin House
16 Beaumaris
17 Ty Croes Camp
18 RAF Mona
19 Cold War Contingencies