Numbered and dated tank traps at the Tilligerry RSL on display for the public

Numbered and dated tank traps at the Tilligerry RSL.


RSL Tank Traps

THE recent East Coast Low weather pattern has caused severe erosion along beaches up and down the coast and even exposed a relic of WWII along Stockton Beach.

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This was a defensive barrier put there to impede an expected invasion.

Thousands of these concrete structures were placed along beaches deemed to be possible invasion points and Port Stephens itself was protected by large naval guns, machine gun pill-boxes and torpedo tubes.

Rather than trek over the sand dunes to see the tank traps, the community can pull up on the main road at the Tilligerry RSL Club: they have some on display.

They are tucked in behind the knoll where another relic of the war is on display. This is a Bofors Gun, arguably the most effective anti-aircraft defensive weapon of its time.

These reminders of a time long gone were salvaged by members of the RSL Sub Branch and put on display for all to see. Other personal mementos are kept in glass cases inside the Clubhouse itself.

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