Benglog Anti-tank Blocks

Anti-tank blocks, with Pen yr Ole Wen in the background

Anti-tank blocks, with Pen yr Ole Wen in the background

Date

1 June 2013
Location

Benglog, Nant Ffrancon

SH 64749 60410; 53.12364°N, 4.02264°W

Information

The anti-tank blocks and a spigot-mortar mount are located on the old coach road at the head of the Nant Ffrancon pass, close to the western end of Llyn Ogwen. These World War II anti-invasion defences formed part of Western Command’s network of stop lines in Wales.

Nant Ffrancon valley

Looking down the Nant Ffrancon valley

Spigot-mortar mount, with the anti-tank blocks in the background (top right)

Spigot-mortar mount, with the anti-tank blocks in the background (top right)

Spigot-mortar mount

Spigot-mortar mount

Spigot-mortar mount, looking towards Foel Goch

Spigot-mortar mount, looking towards Foel Goch

Spigot-mortar mount, looking towards Pen yr Ole Wen

Spigot-mortar mount, looking towards Pen yr Ole Wen

Spigot-mortar mount

Spigot-mortar mount

5 thoughts on “Benglog Anti-tank Blocks

  1. I suspect the tank blocks were built by local people who appreciated the impact that concrete would have on the environment – I am somewhat surprised that anyone would want to take a tank up there anyway but that’s outside me area of expertise. 😉

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  2. I’m also a bit perplexed as to why these would be built in what looks like a remote area. By the time any hypothetical German tanks had got this far into Britain, the country would have been under German rule for some time. Looks like a dads army exercise!

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  3. Thanks for the comments Stephen and Andy. The defences there do seem to be in a rather unlikely location. From what I have read, though, the objective of the stop lines was to slow down an invading army in order to give the regular forces more time to respond. The defensive network in north wales was intended to impede an advance towards the ports and industrial centres of Liverpool and beyond in the event of an invasion coming via Ireland.

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