Just slow them down long enough to drop some artillery on them
Not that I want to get into a debate on this but slow them down for what? Reinforcements? From where? The UK couldn't afford to trade territory for time as per the USSR so 'slowing them down' would only have lengthened the time before the British forces were pushed back into Wales, the North and Cornwall/Devon...which wouldn't have happened anyway due to my reasons above.
This will be my last post on the subject as this is not the topic of the thread.
The phrase "fighting until the bitter end" springs to mind Glenn!...
Basically the British defence had to be seen to be doing something in the eyes of the public.
.. Yes .. the stop lines were pretty futile, ... but again, like the home guard, "seen to be doing" was a better morale booster than "sitting and waiting" ...
Hence Churchill, ... "We will fight them on the beaches, .. in the fields .... down the pub" .....
There's a cracker of a stop line close to where I live in East Anglia.
You can follow it for about 10 miles across farmland, along dykes for anti-tank, embbed pillboxes in embankments, hidden pillboxes on major locks, spigot mortar positions ... etc ...
But, if you didn't know they were there, you would miss 75% of them !
Fascinating thread on a subject not often covered. Is it known just how many 'stop lines' there were throughout the UK? Near me at a place called Shooters hill the Kent side of London there were plans to slow down any advancing troops. It was well thought out by blocking all the minor roads and therefore forcing heavy armour up shooters hill towards waiting dug in artillery. On top of that if memory serves me correctly there was a plan to flood the approach with fuel and ignite it. As none of this was known to the public at the time I guess this was a serious stop line more than a moral booster.