Saunders, Anthony.


Sutton, Stroud, 1st.ed., 2001. Viii + 216 pp., profusely illustrated with photographs & plans. D.j., 25 x 18cm. FINE. By any standard, the monolithic fortifications of Hitler’s Atlantic Wall was impressive. Stretching along some 3,000 miles of European coastline, millions of tons of steel-reinforced concrete was poured into thousands of defence positions. Many survive to this day – in some cases they have defied all attempts to demolish them. This is the first English guide to the defences Hitler had erected in order to deter Allied attacks and invasion. The Germans perceived the coast opposite England to be the most vulnerable, and therefore great efforts went into the building of batteries, gun positions, radar stations and observation posts along the Channel coast of France – work that ceased only with the D-Day invasion of June 1944. This great fortress is fully described and illustrated with rare photographs, drawings, and maps, shedding new light on an often neglected aspect of World War II.

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