Decent and informative,
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This review is from: The Atlantic Wall (1): France (Fortress) (Paperback)
Very decent well presented book that mainly review the structures that were (and still are) present on the atlantic wall. The only minus is the small size of the book.
Being from Normandy, I was always amazed as a child to seee these structures. A significant number of bunkers are still present scattered along the coast on slightly retreated few kilometers inland.
They form part of people's life now, being integrated in the landscape. Land developers actually avoid them as much as possible as they cost a fortune to demolish (by explosives).
Seing them real makes you realise the enormous quantity of concrete that were used to build this behemoths.
Working on these for the germans, some french workers were routinely increasing the quantity of sand to make the concrete less strong and more vulnerable to bombing thus providing some form of "resistance".
To come back on the book itself,it is a bit of a shame that the fortress series is generally only 60 pages long. This is of course not the author's fault as he makes good use of the small amount of page provided but I would have liked to see more pictures of bunker under constructions, the involvment of french collbration/resistance, or even some photographs of the interior of a structure.
Due to the shortness of the book, we feel sometimes that everything is treated very superficially.
Still remains a good informative overview of the subject.