on 22 November 2004
An excellent new publication and dare I say it a worthy successor to the Henry Wills classic "Pillboxes".
The book details both the form and purpose of a wide range of structures from pillboxes to naval installations and barracks. Detailed descriptions of the strategies and reasoning behind the defences accompany the many illustrations (120) including some very rare structures.
All are very well illustrated and the final section contains a comprehensive gazeteer of surviving examples to visit throughout Britain.
My only criticism would be the Gazeteer lists site by structure type, whereas by geographical area would be more useful.
on 12 January 2008
Mike Osborne produces a refreshing set of defence structures in this book from Tempus. Sectioned into bit size chunks such as the RAF, navy etc it covers a multitude of areas. It is clear that Osbornes passion is the humble pillbox. A subject he covers nicely and the book also has a great section covering existing types. There are more in depth books out there but this one is especially well placed. Top Job.
on 11 February 2007
Expertly written, this book covers all the aspects of the Defence of Britain. It has some good pictorial evidence and I would agree that we have found a Wills successor. My only critasism is that in a book this size it is indeed impossible to adequately demonstrate everything, the chapter on airfields demonstrates that. No matter it wets the appitite!