A Season for Marbles
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All along the seafront at Eastbourne there were tanks traps - big blocks of concrete, and scaffolding poles and barbed wire were set up from Portsmouth Harbour. There were pipes just under the surface of the sea. If the Germans sent raiding parties over they would open the taps and the oil would rise to the surface and then they’d fire shots into the oil and set it alight. I don’t remember seeing it happen. It was all hushed up of course. Self preservation, you see. You were so patriotic. You were told to keep your mouth shut. We’d say: Careless tongues cost lives, or: Be like Dad keep Mum.

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