Hitler's Fortresses: German Fortifications and Defences, 1939-45

Hitler's Fortresses: German Fortifications and Defences, 1939-45

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By (author) Chris McNab

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  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing
  • Format: Hardback | 396 pages
  • Dimensions: 196mm x 246mm x 40mm | 1,520g
  • Publication date: 18 March 2014
  • Publication City/Country: Osprey
  • ISBN 10: 1782008284
  • ISBN 13: 9781782008286
  • Illustrations note: 200 MONO; 50 COL
  • Sales rank: 258,573

Product description

Hitler's Fortresses: German Fortifications and Defences 1939-45 is a detailed guide to every level of defensive project in the Third Reich. It takes you inside Channel Islands pillboxes, Normandy coastal gun positions and emplaced tank turrets on the Gothic Line in Italy. The secretive world of Hitler's command bunkers is revealed in detail, and the principles and engineering of basic frontline defences are explained, showing how the average German soldier prepared to stand his ground. There is also a dedicated chapter on special-purpose fortifications, including U-boat pens, V-weapon sites and flak towers. This complete journey into German wartime fortifications reveals much about the strategic and tactical thinking of Hitler and his Wehrmacht, and combat accounts explore how effective the defences were in practice. The book is illustrated throughout with more than 200 artworks, maps and photographs.

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Author information

Chris McNab is an author and editor specializing in military history and military technology. To date he has published more than 40 books, including A History of the World in 100 Weapons (2011), Deadly Force (2009) and Tools of Violence (2008). He is the contributing editor of Hitler's Armies: A History of the German War Machine 1939-45 (2011) and Armies of the Napoleonic Wars (2009). Chris has also written extensively for major encyclopedia series, magazines and newspapers, and he lives in South Wales, UK.

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The editor has done a splendid job regarding amassing of such data and most entries have a superb narrative and outstanding imagery. Some of these defences are still in existence and the book serves to compliment them with modern or period photographs. This is a very interesting topic and this tome is bound to become "the book" on this subject. - Dr Stuart C Blank (MilitaryArchiveResearch.com, March 2014)

Table of contents

Introduction/ Hitler's Headquarters - The Fuhrer's Command Bunkers/ Protecting the Homeland - Germany's Border Defences/ Defence of the Periphery - The Atlantic Wall/ Mountain Barriers - German Defensive Lines in Italy/ Etched in the Earth - Field Fortifications/ Specialist Fortifications - Protecting the U-Boats and V-Weapons/ Glossary/ Further Reading/ Index