Hitler’s Atlantic Wall: Normandy

Construction and Destruction

Paul Williams

In 1941, there was a switch in emphasis of the Atlantic Wall's role from attack to defense. The Allies prepared for the challenge of overcoming this obstacle. Using previously unpublished accounts, this book follows Britain's 79th Armored Division as they supported Allied efforts with unique weaponry to ensure the success of the invasion.
Date Published :
August 2013
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
20 b/w photos
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781783030583
Pages : 176
Dimensions : 8.5 X 5.25 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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This highly informative book begins with an examination of the background to Germany’s primary military objectives in relation to the western end of their self-styled ‘Fortress Europe’ including the early foundation of shore defenses in northern France.

In 1941, there was a switch in emphasis of the Atlantic Wall’s role from attack to defense. Beach defenses became more elaborate and the Nazi-controlled Todt Organization began a massive building program constructing new bunkers and reinforcing existing sites, using forced labor.

Hitler appointed Rommel to formulate Germany’s anti-invasion plans in early 1944. At the same time the Allies were making extensive studies of the fortifications and preparing for the challenge of overcoming this most formidable of obstacles.

Using, in many cases, previously unpublished accounts of the soldiers on the ground this book follows Britain’s 79th Armored Division, Sir Percy Hobart’s ‘Funnies’, as they utilized their unique weaponry in support of Allied efforts to ensure the success of the invasion. The author draws on British, American, Canadian and German sources.

Hitler’s Atlantic Wall – Normandy also includes information on war cemeteries along with travel information and accommodation suggestions and a guide to the relevant museums.

About The Author

Paul Williams is an author and historian who has worked on Pen & Sword's Battleground Series.

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