Overview

The Rhine represented the last natural defensive barrier for the Third Reich in the autumn of 1944. Although Hitler had been reluctant to allow the construction of tactical defence lines in France, believing it encouraged retreat, the final defense of the Fatherland was another matter.

Here, Steven J. Zaloga examines the multiple phases of construction undertaken to strengthen this last great barrier, including a look at the various defensive ...

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Defense of the Rhine 1944-45

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Overview

The Rhine represented the last natural defensive barrier for the Third Reich in the autumn of 1944. Although Hitler had been reluctant to allow the construction of tactical defence lines in France, believing it encouraged retreat, the final defense of the Fatherland was another matter.

Here, Steven J. Zaloga examines the multiple phases of construction undertaken to strengthen this last great barrier, including a look at the various defensive positions constructed, from dragon's teeth to Panzerturme. There is also an in-depth combat report of an American attempt to take the fortified village of Steinfeld. Using detailed maps, color artwork, and expert analysis, this book thoroughly explores Germany's last line of defence.

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"This book illuminates [the Westwall's] extraordinary fortifications in a detailed and interesting text. The many photographs and color illustrations enrich and support the content. Whether you are a historian or modeler, Defense of the Rhine 1944-45 is an interesting book. With the amount of detailed research, clarity of delivery, and abundance of supporting illustrations, you will have a sound foundation to further, or enhance your knowledge of this chapter of World War Two." -Frederick Boucher, Armorama

"...this is an excellent book by one of Osprey's best authors, and it is recommended to those with any interest in World War Two in the ETO, or in land defenses in general." -Bolling Smith, Coast Defense Journal (May 2011)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781472803795
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 5/21/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 892,294
  • File size: 23 MB
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Meet the Author

Steven J. Zaloga received his BA in history from Union College and his MA from Columbia University. He has worked as an analyst in the aerospace industry for over two decades, covering missile systems and the international arms trade, and has served with the Institute for Defense Analyses, a federal think-tank. He is the author of numerous books on military technology and military history, with an accent on the US Army in World War II as well as Russia and the former Soviet Union.
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