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4.0 out of 5 stars decent and informative, 1 Sept. 2012
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This review is from: The Stalin and Molotov Lines: Soviet Western Defences 1926-41 (Fortress) (Paperback)
The fortress series are decent books to read but must admit not of the most exiting ones.

Still, being in the construction trade, I found it quite interesting.
The construction, manning, and finally decommision of the bunkers are very well described and the author clearly knows what he is talking about.

A minor point is the not so good quality of the plates.

In addition, one of the frustation with the fortress series I found is that the operational phase is not enough detailed in depths to my taste.
I think one of the most interesting subject is how these structures did actually behave and sustained the assaults.
we are alway left a bit "hungry" and in the dark.

But overall a decent informative opus at a reasonable price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to a little known subject, 29 May 2011
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This review is from: The Stalin and Molotov Lines: Soviet Western Defences 1926-41 (Fortress) (Paperback)
Easy to read and understand. The author does an excellent job in bringing this foot note of WW2 to life. How I feel for those charged with building and manning these defences. Makes you realise how lucky we are that they fought for our freedoms.

Good advice on how to plan and conduct site visits; although from my own extensive experience of travelling in that part of the world, don't expect 'Western' standards of food, accommodation or transport. However the people are very welcoming, a surprisingly large number speak English, but don't forget a phrase book, cash (not credit cards outside of major cities) decent maps and a compass. In short, just like a real military campaign, expect the worst, plan and provision for it and you should be OK.
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