Why are some sections of blocks missing?
Roseisle Beach Defences
Some sections of blocks have eroded significantly while others remain largely intact. You get the impression that some construction squads were better at making the blocks than others! Mind you, for them to have lasted as long as they have says a lot for the people who built them. Also, some sections are either missing or lie scattered around in small pieces. Apparently this beach was used for practicing the D-Day landings and they were likely to have been blown up then.
Approaching halfway along the beach (at least it feels like halfway!) there is a long section of different shaped blocks lying on their sides. These are tall, lozenge shaped corrugated blocks. You can see the remains of wooden stakes embedded in some of them. One assumes these were erected vertically and have fallen over towards the sea. The belief is that this is a section of an anti-tank wall, similar to the defences built by the Germans along the French coast, erected at Roseisle for the D-Day training. If you go into the forest behind this section there are what appears to be the remains of an old trench system just on your right.
There are at least three different types of pillbox spread evenly along the beach. The larger ones held anti-tank guns while the small square ones were for machine guns.
After leaving Roseisle beach at the main FC carpark, if you are driving back to Roseisle look to the left before you come to the humpback bridge. There is a single small building at the edge of the field which does not look like your normal farm building. This is one of the original buildings from Rosevalley Airfield which was situated between the (now) FC access road and the railway line. The airfield was a satellite of RAF Kinloss although some accounts say it was a “dummy airfield” designed to confuse enemy aircraft.
It may be that there are some residents in the area who have memories of the beach defences and maybe of this airfield. If so we would love to hear from you to add to our information.