on 5 August 2009
This is a strange book that falls between two stools. It is not systematic or detailed enough for the specialist and yet is probably too focused for the general reader. The style is also idiosyncratic, almost whimsical. That alone will probably irritate many readers. And yet it does have some points in its favour. This is a comparatively neglected field of study and yet anyone who lives in southern or eastern England is bound to have come across defence works from the 1940 period. It is interesting to learn something of the defense system they formed part of and what remains to-day. It is sad that comparatively little has been done to preserve some of the more important centres of defence. Their limited size and haste of construction mean they will mostly fade away in years to come unlike say the huge fortresses of the Maginot Line or the Atlantic Wall which have occasioned far more interest.This is a flawed book but worth alook for someone interested in any of the areas it covers or who wants a schematic impression of the defences erected in 1940.
on 18 June 2011
I am not sure if some of the other reviewers have actually read this book or have written their own and are in competition with it author. I liked the book, it was not too heavy or technical,and it enabled me to visit some of the sites and remains that otherwise I would never have found.
on 25 May 2008
At first a promising book which starts to dissapoint the further you get into it.
Written seemingly as if the author is giving a very brief tour of the areas, lacks in any real constructive detail and is continiously repetative in many areas. The few colour plates of pillboxes are a poor choice and could have been much better researched and chosen. Ok for beginners on this theme who want a guide book for an afternoons exploring with the family and kids. The authors first published chunky book was best(even though it had mistakes and ommisions)