Invaded Island: Wartime Enclosures and Post-war Memories

  • Sophia Davis


Deepening my focus on the nation’s edge, this chapter investigates the themes of invasion, intrusion and militarisation in this landscape and their role in forming understandings of the region. These stories centre on the Second World War, when the landscape was doubly mobilised. The land was recruited, and its people deployed in the total war that Britain experienced for the first time, and the people of the Suffolk coast felt particularly close to the front line and invasion as a host of military activities and physical structures filled the area, many of which persisted in the landscape. The second sense of mobilisation operated on a more symbolic level, as the English countryside was imbued with meaning and myth. This chapter explores how the militarisation of the landscape was integrated into countryside writing and how invasion myths continued to circle around the area.


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