Widerstandsnest (Resistancenest) Albert Pier –1 tank turret with MG 2.
Widerstandsnest Viktoria Pier–1 tank turret with MG 3. Widerstandsnest
Hafenreserve (White Hart Hotel) – 1 tank turret with 3.7cm PaK 4.
Widerstandsnest Nordmole ...
Author: Neil Short
Tank Turret Fortifications traces the origins of the idea from the development of the first armoured turrets in the nineteenth century through to the present day. On the way it covers the inter-war period when the first turrets were used in this way, the Second World War, when tank turrets were used on every front in the European Theatre of Operations, and the post-war period, when tank turrets were used even more widely. The book also details the decline of the idea as countries reassessed the threats they faced and slowly dismantled all their fixed fortifications. Widely used during World War Two and since, tank turret fortifications deserve a history, and Neil Short has spent several years writing this, the first proper study.
These usually used turrets from captured French tanks and the two most common
types in Normandy were the World War I Renault FT tank turrets and the later
APX-R turret as seen here.The APX-R turret was developed by the Atelier de ...
Author: Steven J. Zaloga
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
German defenses along the Normandy beaches were part of the larger Atlantic Wall fortifications designed to defend Fortress Europe. When Field Marshal Erwin Rommel took command of the invasion front in late 1943, he began a program to enhance fortifications along the Normandy coast as he believed that any Allied assault had to be stopped on the invasion beaches themselves. His most important contribution to the defenses was an extensive program of improvised beach obstructions to complicate any landing attempt. This book analyses these fortifications and describes how the Allied forces overcame them on the morning of June 6, 1944.
9, Nafziger Collection, 2010 Schütz, Julius von, Grüson's Chilled Cast-Iron
Armour, London, Whitehead, Morris & Lowe, 1887 Short, Neil, Tank Turret
Fortifications, Ramsbury (UK), Crowood Press, 2006* —, Germany's West Wall,
Oxford (UK), ...
Author: H.W. Kaufmann
Publisher: Pen and Sword
“Extremely well written and presented and gives you every scrap of information you’ll ever need on cupolas, embrasures and cloches.”—War History Online After the Napoleonic Wars, the borders of Central Europe were redrawn and relative peace endured across the region, but the volatile politics of the late nineteenth century generated an atmosphere of fear and distrust, and it gave rise to a new era of fortress building, and this is the subject of this highly illustrated new study. The authors describe how defensive lines and structures on a massive scale were constructed along national frontiers to deter aggression. The Germans, Austro-Hungarians and Czechs all embarked on ambitious building programs. Artillery positions, barbed-wire networks, casemates, concrete bunkers, trench lines, observation posts all sprang up in a vain attempt to keep the peace and to delay the invader. The strategic thinking that gave rise to these defensive schemes is described in detail in this study, as is the planning, design and construction of the lines themselves. Their operational history in wartime, in particular during the Second World War, is a key element of the account. “A useful introduction for those wishing to develop a knowledge of fortifications and their impact on the conduct of war.”—Firetrench “The maps and plans, especially the plans, are numerous and extremely helpful. They show the arrangement of fortifications in a way that simple text would have found impossible. For those with an interest in European land fortifications of the 19th and 20th centuries, this book is an excellent general survey.”—The Coast Defense Journal
... Michael, Alarm Küste (Wolfersheim: PodzunPallas-Verlag, 1996) Short, Neil,
Tank Turret Fortifications (Ramsbury (UK): Crowood Press, 2006) * Speer, Albert,
Inside the Third Reich (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1970) Stacey, Colonel C.P.,
Author: A. Jankovic-Potocnik
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Hitler's Atlantic Wall, the complex system of coastal fortifications that stretched from Norway to the Spanish border during the Second World War, was built to defend occupied Europe from Allied invasion. Many of its principal structures survive and can be visited today, and this book is an authoritative guide to them. The wall, which was constructed on a massive scale between 1942 and 1944 by German engineers, forced laborers and troops, consisted of strong points, artillery casemates, bunkers, troop shelters, minefields, anti-tank and anti-boat obstacles. It also included the concrete U-boat and E-boat pens in the key ports and, behind the Channel coast, the V-weapon sites. This huge scheme of fortifications was one of the longest defensive lines in military history.This history and guide takes the reader—and visitor—through the entire story of the fortifications from the fall of France to the Allied breakthrough and the defeat of the German armies in Normandy. This narrative puts the extensive remains that can be seen today in a fascinating historical context. As a guide to some of the most impressive relics of the Second World War, this book will be essential reading and reference for any one who is interested in the history of fortifications, D-Day and the liberation of occupied Europe.
E tanks were built from May 1938 through August 1939 by MAN, and they served
in Poland. ... tanks which had their turrets removed for use in fortifications was as
utility carriers. ... E tank versions, the Flamm (also known as “Flamingo”)used a
new turret mounting a single MG34 machine gun, and two remotely controlled ...
Author: Bob Carruthers
Publisher: Pen and Sword
The first vehicle to be produced in any numbers for the Panzerwaffe was the tiny Panzer I known as the MG Panzerwagen. Almost from the outset the limitations of the design for the Panzer I were obvious. It was essentially a training vehicle which was only pressed into service as a last resort. It was to be succeeded by the Panzer II which could at least engage armoured cars and combat against tanks with approximately the same armour as itself.Together these two tanks formed the bulk of the armour which between 1939 and 1941 conquered half of Europe.This comprehensive overview of the light Panzers in action was compiled by Emmy Award winning historian Bob Carruthers. It draws heavily on war-time intelligence reports to produce a fascinating insight into the development and combat history of the light Panzers at the tactical and operational level.Also featured are rare developments such as the Panzer II flame thrower variant alongside unpublished photographs and illustrations which provide an absorbing study, from an array of primary sources, of the world of the light Panzer and their crews from contemporary Allied sources.
Visible on the roof of the vehicle's turret is the small circular exterior opening , just
behind the loader's hatch , for the small ... armored assault vehicle that could
effectively destroy enemy defensive fortifications at close range with a single shot
Author: Michael Green
Publisher: Zenith Press
The full history, design and mechanics, and checkered record of one of WWII's most formidable weapons, with photographs, diagrams, and maps.
This bibliography should prove invaluable to scholars and researchers concerned with military history, and the place of fortifications in warfare. This is the first English-language general bibliography on military fortifications. It deals with the history of fortifications from the earliest times to the present throughout the world. Materials included range from books and pamphlets to essays, periodicals, book chapters, dissertations, and videos. Although it mainly cites English-language sources, numerous useful foreign-language publications are noted as well. Access is augmented through an author index and a subject index.
... found themselves in the open within point - blank range of the Panther tank
turrets that were part of the fortifications of ... According to the official history ,
three Sherman tanks were quickly knocked out , and the infantry suffered heavily
Author: Peter Stursberg
Fifty years ago, on 10 July 1943, Canadian troops landed in Sicily. It was the first full-scale action of the Second World War involving Canadians (apart from Dieppe), and Peter Stursberg covered the action as a CBC war correspondent. He went on to cover the Italian campaign, the invasion of southern France, the liberation of the Netherlands, and the entry of the Allies into Berlin. The Sound of War is a highly personal account from a journalist who was on the front lines, observing the men in battle. It is an insider's account of what war was like on a day-to-day basis, in London, Algiers, Sicily, Italy, and northwestern Europe. Stursberg, whose voice from the war became well known in Canada, also participated in another historic event. The establishment and organization of the CBC's overseas news reporting during the war formed the basis for the creation of a national news service. Radio, with its immediacy and impact, became a significant medium for the carrying of war information to the home front; its more dramatic coverage challenged that of the print news. Stursberg explains how the CBC's approach to broadcasting from the front outdid that of its rivals in radio, the BBC and the American networks.
Looking out across the Liri valley, commanding a Pantherturm was
nineteenyearold Herbert Fries. A Pantherturm was a cunning makeshift
fortification comprising a revolving turret from a Panther tank fixed to an
underground concrete bunker.
Author: Peter Caddick-Adams
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Selected as a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2013 The most horrific battles of World War II ring in the popular memory: Stalingrad, the Bulge, Iwo Jima, to name a few. Monte Cassino should stand among them. Waged deep in the Italian mountains beneath a medieval monastery, it was an astonishingly brutal encounter, grinding up ten armies in conditions as bad as the Eastern Front at its worst. Now the battle has the chronicle it deserves. In Monte Cassino, military historian Peter Caddick-Adams provides a vivid account of how an array of men from across the globe fought the most lengthy and devastating engagement of the Italian campaign in an ancient monastery town. Not simply Americans, British, and Germans, but Russians, Indians, Georgians, Nepalese, Ukrainians, French, Slovaks, Armenians, New Zealanders, and Poles, among others, fought and died there. Caddick-Adams offers a panoramic view, surveying the strategic heights and peering over the shoulders of troops fruitlessly digging for cover in the stony soil. Here are incisive sketches of the theater commanders--Field Marshal "Smiling Albert" Kesselring, who outmaneuvered Rommel to command German troops in Italy, and the English aristocrat General Harold Rupert Leofric George Alexander, tall, upbeat, "and--crucially for Churchill--looked every inch a general." Caddick-Adams puts Cassino into the context of the Italian campaign and larger Allied war plans, and takes readers into the savage, often hand-to-hand combat in the bombed-out medieval town. He captures the brutal weather and unforgiving terrain--the rubble and rocky slopes that splintered dangerously under artillery barrages and caused shellfire to echo with such volume that men had trouble keeping their sanity due to acoustics alone. Over four months, the struggle would inflict some 200,000 casualties, and Allied planes would level the historic monastery-and eventually the entire town as well. With scholarly care, insightful analysis, and narrative verve, Caddick-Adams has crafted a monumental account of one of World War II's lesser-known but no less devastating battles.
The Combat History of U.S. Army Tank Battalions in the Pacific in World War II
Gene Eric Salecker ... For the next three hours, the 193rd TB and 713th FTB tanks
roamed back and forth throughout the village, blasting enemy fortifications and
gun emplacements and burning buildings. ... Even the electronically detonated
backscratcher devices welded to the sides of some of the 193rd TB tank turrets
Author: Gene Eric Salecker
Publisher: Stackpole Books
First work dedicated solely to the use of Army tanks in the Pacific Theater. Covers armor battles in the Philippines, Makin, the Solomons, Rabaul, New Guinea, Saipan, Guam, and Okinawa.