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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press Ltd; 1st Edition edition (22 Nov. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752443291
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752443294
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 1 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 446,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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 By Stephen Carvell on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David M on 30 Dec. 2010
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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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jim on 5 Jan. 2009
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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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A very informative book for aficionados of the last War and what it entailed for the UK. My son, one such war enthusiast, was delightedQ
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