German Pill Box, Lago Patria, Naples Italy, above two photos.
This German Pill Box was photographed in August 1996, Lago Patria, headed toward Licola, Naples, Italy. This Pill Box sits at a
cross roads and was destroyed during WWII. The concrete top has caved down onto the machine-gun ports that protrude on
the sides of emplacement. The right photo shows the rear entrance to the Pill Box.
German WWII "Pill Boxes" Naples, Italy
Between 1997 and 1999, QuestMasters Museum conducted WWII archaeological work in and around the city
of Naples, Italy. The following German WWII "Pill Boxes" were located in the town of Lago Patria, toward
Licola, Naples, Italy. The name "Pill Box" dates to the First World War and was derived from the shape of the
concrete fighting structure that had a familiar shape to the medicine container of that time - a pill box.
German Pill Boxes, Lago Patria, Naples Italy, above two photos.
These two German Pill Boxes were photographed in May 1996. They stand facing each other on either side of the road. The Pill
Box, left photo, appears to be for a machine-gun or small-arms emplacement, while the Pill Box on the right has large ports for
a large weapon, such as the German 3,7cm or 5cm PAK anti-tank gun. This Pill Box has sustained substantial wartime damage,
cracking the entire concrete sides.
German Pill Box, Lago Patria, Naples Italy, above two photos.
This German Pill Box, shown above, for a machine-gun or small-arms emplacement, has taken battle damage to the bottom of
the right gun port. The damage, above right photo, has destroyed the lower part of the inner concrete frame.
German WWII "Pill Box" Naples, Italy, Site Number One:
German WWII "Pill Box" Naples, Italy, Site Number Two and Three:
German WWII "Pill Box" Naples, Italy, Site Number Four:
German Pill Box, Naples, Italy, above six photos.
This German Pill Box was photographed in February 1998. This Pill Box has large ports for a large weapon, such as the
German 3,7cm or 5cm PAK anti-tank gun. This Pill Box has sustained substantial wartime damage, cracking the entire concrete
Pill Box in half. This Pill Box overlooks the Bay of Naples, with Vesuvius in the background.
German WWII "Pill Box" Naples, Italy, Site Number Five:
German Pill Boxes, Naples, Italy, above four photos.
This German Pill Box was photographed in February 1998. This Pill Box is located at a cross-road with small ports for a
machine-gun or small-arms emplacement. The bump-out on the Pill Box, nearest to the road, is for a Soldier in the role of a
sentry or guard, and is not an entry into the Pill Box. This bump-out provided cover from the weather and sun while guarding
road access.