Military history

Hitler's Atlantic Wall: Normandy: Construction and Destruction

Hitler's Atlantic Wall: Normandy: Construction and Destruction

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 defences in northern France. In 1941, there was a switch in emphasis of the Atlantic Wall's role from attack to defence. Beach defences became more elaborate and the Nazi-controlled Todt Organisation began a massive building programme constructing new bunkers and reinforcing existing sites, using forced labour. 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 Using, in many cases, previously unpublished accounts of the soldiers on the ground this book follows Britain's 79th Armoured Division, Sir Percy Hobart's 'Funnies', as they utilised their unique weaponry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.

Introduction

Glossary

Chapter 1. The Organisation Todt

Chapter 2. Atlantic Wall Bunker Construction

Chapter 3. The Founding of Hobart’s ‘Funnies’

Chapter 4. The Canadian Perspective

Chapter 5. Disabling the Cotentin Batteries

Chapter 6. Merville – The Impossible They Did

Chapter 7. Longues sur Mer – Air and Navy Supremacy

Chapter 8. Western Coast of the Cotentin Peninsula

Chapter 9. On the Beaches

Chapter 10. Fortress Or Folly? Conclusions

Chapter 11. Recommended Tour

Chapter 12. How to Get There