“It must be remembered that the modern battle is largely fought along the road systems” – Military Training Pamphlet No. 23 Part II – The Infantry Division in The Defence, 1942.
In 1940, towns and villages which the main road network ran through were designated Nodal Points.
The object of Nodal Points was to:
- To harass, impede and delay the advance of the enemy.
- To deny roads on which the Nodal Points are situated to enemy Armoured Fighting Vehicles and motorized vehicles.
- Where Nodal Points are situated on natural lines, they may be used as bounds for forward movement of reserve formations
The Home Guard was to provide the garrison for these defences. Nodal Points were to be held to the last man and last round. They were to be given all round defence, based on mutually supporting posts with a central ‘keep’.
The following towns and villages were designated Nodal Points in 1940 (with priority in terms of constructing defences):