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Kent and Sussex 1940 (Paperback)


By Stuart Hylton
Imprint: Battleground
Pages: 160
ISBN: 9781844150847
Published: 20th September 2004
Last Released: 1st August 2007



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In June 1940, Britain's front line against the German armies was the coast of Kent and Sussex. Across the Channel, Hitler's forces gathered, preparing for invasion, as the Home Forces struggled desperately to recover from the disaster and miracle of Dunkirk. Occupation of these islands was nearer than for almost nine hundred years. Kent and Sussex 1940, tells the story of the communities that found themselves in the front line, placing their experience within the context of huge historic events.

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Journal for the Pillbox Study Group

This book provides a good impression of what it was like to live in the invasion zone and how the war affected people living there. It is a good social history and gives some useful insights. It has a good overview of the defences installed but is not recommended for anybody seeking a more comprehensive view of the 1940 fortifications i.e. it does not say what type of guns were sited where, what type of pillboxes and how many were in various locations, what type of fortifications were installed where, the distribution of the defence forces, etc. The book is recommended for the general reader and the specialist alike, as all will find something of use and of interest. It is well illustrated and provides information from a multitude of sources, including some good anecdotes. It covers a wide range of topics including life in the affected areas, the home guard, the defences built, the Battle of Britain, Dunkirk, and Operation Sealion. The author reveals many deficiencies in the defences, the defenders, and their equipment but does not believe Operation Sealion could have succeeded.

Christopher Webber
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