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Smashing the Atlantic Wall The Destruction of Hitler's Coastal Fortresses

by Patrick Delaforce

Smashing the Atlantic Wall The Destruction of Hitler's Coastal Fortresses Synopsis

In 1940 when Operation SEALION (invasion of the British mainland) was abandoned, Hitler ordered the building of a night defence system along 1,500 miles of coastline from Denmark to the Spanish border. He was personally involved in the planning which was based round 15 fortresses guarding vital ports. Built by the Todt Organisation using slave labour, the scale of the Atlantic Wall was unprecedented. When the Invasion OVERLORD came the majority of the defences were defended with great vigour and a number held out for longer than expected (Brest and St Malo). Some were by-passed and left in German hands rather than waste lives attempting to capture them.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781844153718
Publication date: 8th February 2006
Author: Patrick Delaforce
Publisher: Pen & Sword Military an imprint of Pen & Sword Books Ltd
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 240 pages
Categories: European history, Second World War, War & defence operations,

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