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on 26 March 2017
An interesting read
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on 3 March 2017
This book is a good read if you have more than a passing interest in Hitlers Atlantic Wall fetish.
It is VERY comprehensive in description and detail, and far above what I needed to supplement my 4 day trip to the D-Day beaches.

That said I did enjoy it even if I got a bit bogged down with the difference between a Series 600 and 700 bunker etc etc.and the amount of steel and concrete in each structure.

Gets a 4 stars for depth of research and presentation even if it is a book for Military Engineers and Anoraks.
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on 12 February 2017
Not much to this book. Perhaps the only aspect of interest is the description of the rivalries between the various organisations in Hitler's Reich over who should build what and where. The book appears to have been scanned (errors such as Neer for Heer ) occur.
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on 2 November 2001
A number of books have been written on the topic of the Atlantic Wall and many simply provide the standard lists of bunker types and weapons with little else to fill in the gaps. The last good book on the topic in English was by Partridge, but Saunder's work takes a new approach and adds to the literature. In addition to the background information, the author has given a good description of the methods used for creating concrete for fortifications and the process on how the actual structures were constructed from creating the foundations to applying the camoflauge. Most books general ignore this and simply state the concrete was so many meters thick and certain features existed in the structure.
The book is primairly concerned with the sectors in France since this was where the Allies had contemplated their 2nd front. In addition to describing what the sectors included, the author gives a history of all of the fortresses from Royan to Dunkirk describing how they were reduced or neutralized.
There are only a few topics missing that might have been included such as the defenses of the Belgian coast and the Dutch islands such as Walchern since they became actively involved in the campaign. Although plans for every type of bunker built were not included, this would not have been practical in this type of book. The plans that are used are excellent and provide a good sampling. Many of the photos used seldom appear elsewhere or have never been used before and include many good examples of the fortifications during the war instead of after when they were disarmed and abandoned. The book provides a good history of the Atlantic Wall in France and serves as an excellent reference and I highly recommend it for the World War II enthusiast, military historians and those with a keen interest in fortifications.
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on 12 June 2014
Having downloaded this when I saw it offered free on the Kindle I realised that I already have the hardback version of this book, but they are very different. The Kindle version is the text of the bigger book, but without the illustrations, maps & diagrams.

It is still a very good read as other reviewers have pointed out, a well written full account of the building of the Atlantic Wall in France. Without the figures it only rates four stars, but for free it's very nearly five.
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on 6 April 2013
Although this is a well researched and illustrated book, its title is misleading.
It only covers the Atlantic Wall in FRANCE, with nothing on the Channel Islands,
Belgium, Netherlands, etc. The use of the term 'Atlantic Wall' is not generally limited to
the Atlantic coast of France, but applies to the whole string of defensive structures built
by the Germans in WW2 to defend the western coastline of Europe (north of Spain) against Allied attack.
'Atlantic' thus includes the English Channel, North Sea, etc.

The dustjacket of this book carries the words 'Fortress Europe: Hitler's Atlantic Wall',
creating the legitimate expectation of a far greater coverage than France alone. However, if
your interest does not extend beyond France itself, this book is excellent.
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on 6 January 2016
Having seen quite a bit of the Atlantic wall would have found more interesting if there had been photographs or drawings of the various types of casements and resistance points. A mammoth build undertaken by slave labour would recommend all interested to take a trip and see for yourself before it all fall into the sea and lost forever.
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on 23 May 2016
Very good and detailed book.
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