A companion volume to The Battlefields That Nearly Were: Defended England 1940
, William Foot's compelling writing once again grabs you by the lapels and pulls you into the world of researching the anti-invasion defences of 1940 as he travels the landscapes of the South-West, Midlands and North of England.
The author takes you to the modern landscape and guides you around some of the surviving pillboxes and other defence works before suddenly transporting you into the archives and then whisking you back 70 years to the same spot in 1940 in such a way that you don't always realise it's happened!
This book provides a fascinating insight into the author's work for English Heritage to research nearly 70 'Defence Areas' across England where many defence works and features still survived.
Aimed primarily at the layman, 'Defended England' might not be everybody's cup of tea, but it undoubtedly graces the bookshelves of the professional historian and archaeologist too.
Friends to whom I've shown this book (and 'The Battlefields that nearly were') have taken to the author's style within a few paragraphs, and though the cover price may seem high to some, I feel it is well worth it.