What Is… A Pillbox?

Pillbox Bunker. Jerusalem. Israel. Derech Hevron. British Mandate.

British Pillbox Bunker in Jerusalem, on the corner of Derech Hevron and Asher Viner

Now I know some of you are seeing the title of this post and thinking, “Isn’t it just something you put pills into?” And right you are, moreso than you know. Because while I am referring to a modern architectural feature all over the land of Israel, the pillboxes I am talking about also relate to what you’d see at a pharmacy. The pillboxes I’m talking about though are British pillboxes — military bunkers which you are sure to encounter on virtually any tour of Israel.

And while I am describing pillboxes, I’ll also tell you about another related structure from the same era that similarly dots this country: the Tegart fortress.

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