D-Day Fortifications in Normandy

D-Day Fortifications in Normandy

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By (author) Steven J. Zaloga, Illustrated by Hugh Johnson

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  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 64 pages
  • Dimensions: 188mm x 246mm x 5mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 30 November 2005
  • Publication City/Country: Osprey
  • ISBN 10: 1841768766
  • ISBN 13: 9781841768762
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations (some col.)
  • Sales rank: 218,133

Product description

The coastal defenses in Normandy along the D-Day beaches were less thorough than other Atlantic Wall defenses, such as the Pas de Calais, where the Germans expected the main attack. However, they still proved to be formidable obstacles for the Allied invasion force. Rommel stressed the need to defeat the invasion on the beach, and therefore the Normandy beach fortifications took on a significant role in German tactical thinking. This book covers the different levels of passive and active fortifications that were designed to stop the Allied assaults on the beaches of Normandy.

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Author information

Steven J Zaloga was born in 1952, 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 armoured 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.

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"This book is really nice and is relevant to military historians, architecture historians, diorama builders, artillery builders and some armor builders... The information is well presented and easy to read. I enjoyed reading this entire book. I would not hesitate to recommend this book." -Scott Lodder, "Armorama "(February 2006)