The Battleground series of books is providing an excellent aid to those wishing to visit the battlegrounds along the Atlantic Coast of France. Hitler’s Atlantic Wall was a formidable and huge line of coastal defences, but less capable than the Germans claimed.
NAME: Hitler’s Atlantic Wall, Normandy, Battleground Normandy
CATEGORY: Book Reviews
AUTHOR: Paul Williams
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: soft back
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Atlantic Wall, Normandy, D-Day, coast defences, WWII, World War Two, Second World War, beach landings, command and control, coastal batteries, heavy guns, technology, bunkers, firing points
DESCRIPTION: The Battleground series of books is providing an excellent aid to those wishing to visit the battlegrounds along the Atlantic Coast of France. Hitler’s Atlantic Wall was a formidable and huge line of coastal defences, but less capable than the Germans claimed.
As an engineering undertaking, the Atlantic Wall was impressive. A lack of materials was filled by employing tank and ship gun turrets where coast defence guns and mountings were not available. This also enabled the Germans to get closer to completing the Wall in the limited time available. In addition to the mines, barbed wire, guns and bunkers, the Atlantic Wall required many kilometres of telephone cables and a host of radio transceivers to link batteries with command centres and information gathering from observation posts and radar stations. The strength of bunkers is demonstrated by the number that still survive after almost seventy years.
The author has described the defences and the actions in clear detail to make this a very effective handbook for battleground tourists. Lavish illustration includes scenes of today and from the war.
The book is a worthy addition to more than 100 previously published titles in the Battleground series. It should form part of the library of anyone interested in D-Day and the subsequent campaigns, but it is also essential reference material for anyone planning to visit the Atlantic Wall and for those who would like to make a visit but are prevented.