The Atlantic Wall (1): France

The Atlantic Wall (1): France

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Germany's Atlantic Wall was the most ambitious military fortification program of World War II. With Germany's gradual loss of the strategic initiative to the Allies, in 1942 Hitler was forced to construct an impenetrable wall of fortifications along the Atlantic and Mediterranean coast. This book deals solely with the structures on the French coast, starting with the Pas-de-Calais and extending down to Spain. It features detailed illustrations and diagrams of the various sections of the Atlantic Wall and the role that they played, giving a thoughtful analysis of some of the most accessible fortifications of World War II.

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ISBN-13: 9781782007074
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication date: 11/20/2012
Series: Fortress , #63
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 1,046,724
File size: 13 MB
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About the Author

Steven J Zaloga received his BA in history from Union College and his MA from Columbia University. He has published numerous books and articles dealing with modern military technology, especially armored vehicle development. His main area of interest is the US Army in the European Theater in World War II. He works as an analyst in the aerospace industry and lives in Maryland, USA.

HUGH JOHNSON is a highly experienced and talented freelance digital illustrator who has completed a number of books for Osprey. He lives in Surrey, UK..
Steven J. Zaloga received his BA in History from Union College and his MA from Columbia University. He has worked as an analyst in the aerospace industry for over three decades, covering missile systems and the international arms trade, and has served with the Institute for Defense Analyses, a federal think tank. He is the author of numerous books on military technology and military history, with an accent on the US Army in World War II as well as Russia and the former Soviet Union. He currently lives in Maryland.

Table of Contents

Introduction     4
Design and development     5
Kriegsmarine defenses in France
German Army defenses in France
Principles of defense     28
Tour of the sites     34
Naval coastal artillery
Army coastal artillery
Army infantry strongpoints
The living site     43
The sites at war     49
Operation Astonia: Festung Le Havre
Operation Weiihit: Festung Boulogne
Operation Undergo: Festung Calais
Aftermath     57
The sites today     59
Further reading     62
Unpublished army reports
US Army foreign military studies series
Published studies
Index     64

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The Atlantic Wall (1): France 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Shrike58 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Again more Osprey at its best, as Zaloga examines the ins and outs of how the "West Wall" came to be as a result of being another of Hitler's mad enthusiasms, how the German military leadership could find no serious way to make these installations fit into their doctrine, and how a pointedly inadequate system still managed to be yet another drain on the German war-time economy. That more concrete went into these installations than into the Maginot Line is astonishing.