Pen and Sword Books: The Atlantic Wall

The Atlantic Wall
The Atlantic Wall (5 reviews)
History and Guide
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Found in: World War Two Books
368 pages
ISBN: 9781848843875
Published: 17 September 2012
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Hitler's Atlantic Wall, the complex system of coastal fortifications that stretched from Norway to the Spanish border during the Second World War, was built to defend occupied Europe from Allied invasion. Many of its principal structures survive and can be visited today, and this book is an authoritative guide to them.

The wall, which was constructed on a massive scale between 1942 and 1944 by German engineers, forced labourers and troops, consisted of strongpoints, artillery casemates, bunkers, troop shelters, minefields, anti-tank and anti-boat obstacles. It also included the concrete U-boat and E-boat pens in the key ports and, behind the Channel coast, the V-weapon sites. This huge scheme of fortifications was one of the longest defensive lines in military history.

This history and guide takes the reader - and visitor - through the entire story of the fortifications from the fall of France to the Allied breakthrough and the defeat of the German armies in Normandy. This narrative puts the extensive remains that can be seen today in a fascinating historical context.

As a guide to some of the most impressive relics of the Second World War, this book will be essential reading and reference for any one who is interested in the history of fortifications, D-Day and the liberation of occupied Europe.
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The best single volume on what the wall was intended to do, how it came to be built, the many different (but standardized) bunkers and related facilities, and how it was all for naught. Well-illustrated.... [read full review]
The Coast Defense Journal
The Atlantic Wall was, as the authors aver, the longest gun-bearing fortification line in history, albeit not wholly continuous. And, like other lines of fortification in history, its effective life was brief, in fact... [read full review]
Fortress Study Group
One of the best WW2 books of the year

It's not very often that a book leaves you feeling as if you have a total knowledge of its subject matter but "The Atlantic Wall... [read full review]

WW2 Connection
This immense book actually takes on the feel of a lump of reinforced concrete from the bunkers it describes. Packed with information, beautiful drawings, maps and diagrams, it almost defies a standard review. I am... [read full review]
The Atlantic Wall is thoroughly researched, fully documented, well written, and brimming with detailed and easy to read maps, charts, tables and diagrams. In turn, the main narrative text both supports and is well supported... [read full review]
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