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Pillboxes in Britain and Ireland [Paperback]

Mike Osborne
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1 Jan 2008
The pillboxes of Britain and Ireland are among the most important military structures employed in the history of the defence of these islands. This work presents the first thorough study and classification of pillboxes and related structures, including selection posts, Seagull and concrete trenches, gun-houses and turrets, battle headquarters and spigot-mortar emplacements. The author traces the use of small, free-standing defence structures from ancient times to the present, placing the pillbox within a historical continuum and identifying its course of development. The work also presents a typology of British and Irish pillboxes through a catalogue of known types and individual examples, and examines their tactical employment in the landscape.
Mike Osbourne has been involved in the recording of defence structures for over 30 years and was co-ordinator of the Defence of Britain Project in the eastern counties. He is also the author of Defending Britain: Twentieth-Century Military Structures in the Landscape, also published by The History Press.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press Ltd; 1st Edition edition (1 Jan 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752443291
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752443294
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 347,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mike Osborne was the Regional Co-ordinator for the eastern counties Defence of Britain Project. He has also worked on publications covering twentieth-century defences more specifically in the East Midlands and Cambridgeshire. He is the author of the best-selling Defending Britain: Twentieth-Century Military Structures in the Landscape (2004).

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pillboxes of Britain and Ireland - Short review 23 Feb 2008
The book provides a first class record of pillbox military structures.
Chapters 1 to 4 provide an overview of the origins, development and role of pillboxes.
Chapter 5, Pillbox Typology, is the principal chapter and is a highly detailed record of the numerous different types of pillbox.
Chapter 6,Typology of Defensible Structures, provides details of small hardened defences including turrets, airfield battle headquarters, seagull trenches, spigot mortars and post WW2 guard posts.
The final chapter is an overview of the tactical use of hardened defences.
Within the 317 pages are numerous photographs and drawings providing a superb record of pillbox structures.
The book is a must for all pillbox enthusiasts and will also appeal to people interested in twentieth century fortifications. It should become a classic and is a fine companion to Mike Osborne's previous book published with Tempus, "Defending Britain Twentieth-Century Military Structures in the Landscape".
Stephen Carvell
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative 30 Dec 2010
By David M
Excellent book. A very good read and reference book for anyone interested in WWII history and archeology. Makes sense of those concrete structures that appear randomely scattered across our landscape.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pillboxes of Britain and Ireland?? 5 Jan 2009
By Jim
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This is an excellent typology of pillbox and defence structures in Britain but contains next to nothing of use regarding the pillboxes in Ireland. There is some mention of the sites found in the Republic of Ireland but no examination is made of the extensive stop-line, beach and airfield defences in Northern Ireland where substantial remains are still extant. A failure to note that many structures survive adjacent to the pillbox pictured at Magilligan Point, p. 275, Co. L'Derry (not Donegal)suggests that the author did not undertake any fieldwork in Ireland in creating this fine, though not quite as advertised book.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pillboxes of Ireland and Britain 25 May 2008
Excellent purchase which will be read enjoyed and returned too for many many years.Clear,informative and highly interesting.
Title is a puzzle possibly would have been better marketed as Pillboxes of the British Isles, A study of Design and Construction?.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pleased 11 Feb 2014
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With pill boxes everywhere in Norfolk, it was good to learn more especially WW! ones and in Europe. Fast delivery
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