Hitler's Atlantic Wall - Anthony SaundersStroud: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2001, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper pulled a little at the foot of the upper panel.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Tables; Appendices ;
From the cover: “Fortifications are often impressive in their sheer size and strength, hut the breadth of the monolithic battlements that make up Hitler’s Atlantic Wall is incredible. Millions of tons of steel-reinforced concrete was poured into tens of thousands of defences along nearly 3,000 miles of European coastline, in a project which involved countless workers. The structures they built were so massive that many still survive today despite vigorous attempts to demolish them.
This is the first history and guide to the wall to be written in English, and examines the reasons behind its construction. Hitler conceived the Atlantic Wall as a line of impregnable defences to protect his newly conquered empire from the inevitable onslaught of Allied attack. Bunkers, gun emplacements, flak batteries, radar stations and observation posts were rapidly built in large numbers to form this remarkable barrier. France was recognized as most vulnerable to invasion from the sea and so the crucial parts of the wall were built along the Channel and Atlantic coasts. Construction ceased with the Allied assault in June 1944, by which time more than 700 batteries alone had been built in less than two years. Many of the fortifications saw fierce battles, as Allied soldiers faced the difficult task of taking individual bunkers by direct assault. Anthony Saunders examines the French positions in detail, describing what was built and how, the fighting staged at each, and presents a comprehensive guide to what remains of the sites today.
Illustrated with many rare photographs, drawings and maps, Hitler’s Atlantic Wall is an authoritative and informative account which serves as a guide for tourist and enthusiast alike, while shedding light on an often overlooked aspect of the Second World War that had important consequences for both the Allies and Germany.”