Hitler’s Atlantic Wall

Yesterday and Today

George Forty, Leo Marriott, Simon Forty

A breathtaking look at the once-enormous effort that Nazi Germany, with all its industrial power, made to protect its newfound Atlantic coastline, with many of its wartime installations still there to be seen . . .
Publication date:
August 2016
Publisher :
Casemate Publishers
Series :
WWII Historic Battlefields
Illustration :
colour photos
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ISBN : 9781612003757

Dimensions : 280 X 218 mm
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• One rarely recognizes the challenge the Western Allies faced in invading Europe until one sees anew the preparations the Germans made for our invasions
This book not only provides before-and-after photos, but new aerial photography to show just how formidable Hitler's Atlantic Wall was—and remains to this day
Expert text guides the reader through exact locations—not just for the military actions that ensued but where sites can still be visited

Masters of the continent, the Nazis realized that they would have to defend their gains, and once the United States entered the war, redoubled their efforts. Using forced and slave labor they built a chain of defensive positions, coastal batteries, and beach defenses from the top of Norway to the Franco-Spanish border. However, as was so typical of the Nazis, while the bunkers and batteries seem impressively constructed, and the Atlantic Wall has left a permanent reminder of the years of Nazi domination, it was crippled by lack of strategic planning, internal bickering, and a multitude of command structures that did not communicate with each other effectively. In June 1944 the Allies burst through the wall, and while it took many lives to break the crust of the German defenses, the vaunted Atlantic Wall proved ineffective save for the fortresses the Allies bypassed and subdued later. Using the same formula as in their books on The Normandy Battlefields and Race to the Rhine, Leo Marriott and Simon Forty combine bespoke aerial photography with old photographs, maps, and current illustrations to provide a pictorial analysis of the subject—Around 500 illustrations ensure the subject is well covered. After opening sections on the construction of the wall, the defensive plan, and the different structures that were built, Hitler's Atlantic Wall yesterday and today provides a survey of the key locations and what can be seen today—including many of the museums that interpret them. The bulk of the book is divided geographically by country, dealing with France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Norway. After 70 years, the Atlantic Wall is still a remarkable reminder of the war years, and one that continues to fascinate.


Plenty of photographs maps and diagrams to get stuck into, with plenty of contemporary images to reference if you are going to visit any of the sites...an excellent read.

Plenty of photographs maps and diagrams to get stuck into, with plenty of contemporary images to reference if you are going to visit any of the sites...an excellent read.

This is a great book. It is fantastic to look at and the technical and historical info is all up to scratch. In a way it marks a point in time because I am sure some of the concrete monsters discussed are destined to be hammered to destruction in the near future.
War History Online

The Britain at War team have no hesitation in recommending this book most highly and choosing it as this month's Book of the Month.
Britain at War Magazine

This is a refreshing approach and is very well researched…do not leave home without it!
Fortress Study Group

A fascinating book and at what I think is a reasonable price, so well worth adding to your book shelf.
Military Model Scene