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Cowie Line

A Second World War 'stop line' situated on the south bank of the Cowie Water running to the west of Stonehaven in S Aberdeenshire into the Fetteresso Forest and the foothills of the Grampian Mountains, the Cowie Line was intended to prevent invading German troops, who might have landed in NE Scotland, pushing south into Angus and the Central Belt. Built in 1940, it comprised pillboxes and an anti-tank barrier, and is recognised as a well-preserved example of its type. To ensure it became an effective barrier, the line was extended to the west, by localised defences at the Bridge of Dye (on the B974 road), at the Devil's Elbow (on the A93) and planned demolitions of the A9 road and Perth-Inverness railway.


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