Germany's East Wall in World War II

Germany's East Wall in World War II

by Neil Short, Adam Hook

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Overview

The East Wall was where the final battles for the stricken Third Reich were fought, amid scenes of utter carnage. Beginning life at the end of World War I, the wall became a pet project of Adolf Hitler's, whose ascent to power saw building work accelerated, with plans for a grand, 'Maginot-style' defence put in place. But with a characteristically erratic change of heart, Hitler began to systematically strip the wall of its best defensive assets to bolster the Atlantic Wall, never dreaming that he would face an attack on two fronts. Despite belated and somewhat bungled reinforcements later in the War, the East Wall would face a monstrous challenge as it became the Reich's last redoubt in the face of the mighty Soviet war machine. Neil Short brings his expert knowledge to bear with an analysis of different stages of the wall's construction, the years of neglect and decay and the hasty, drastic redevelopment in the face of the looming Soviet threat.


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ISBN-13: 9781472805881
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication date: 07/20/2015
Series: Fortress
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 64
File size: 39 MB
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About the Author

Neil Short gained a Master's Degree in Military History at the University of Leeds, after completing an Honours Degree in History at the University of Lancaster. He is a fully qualified Management Accountant working for the Ministry of Defence, but in his spare time undertakes research on World War II and he is currently writing a book on tank turrets.

Adam Hook studied graphic design, and began his work as an illustrator in 1983. He specialises in detailed historical reconstructions, and has illustrated Osprey titles on subjects as diverse as the Aztecs, the Ancient Greeks, Roman battle tactics, several 19th-century American subjects, the modern Chinese Army, and a number of books in the Fortress series. His work features in exhibitions and publications throughout the world.
Adam Hook studied graphic design, and began his work as an illustrator in 1983. He specializes in detailed historical reconstructions, and has illustrated Osprey titles on subjects as diverse as the Aztecs, the Ancient Greeks, Roman battle tactics, several 19th-century American subjects, the modern Chinese Army, and a number of books in the Fortress series. His work features in exhibitions and publications throughout the world.

Table of Contents

Introduction 4

Chronology 6

Design and Development 8

German tradition of fortifications in the East

World War I

The inter war period

The Nazi era

World War II - the years of advance

World War II - the years of retreat

The Principles of Defence 19

Strategy

Operational factors

Tactical aspects

Tour of the Sites 28

Werkgruppe

Water defences

Passive defences

Tobruk pit

Koch pots

The Living Site 32

Pre-war - Border guards

Interregnum

Wartime

Operational History 43

1945

Aftermath 53

The Sites Today 56

Travel advice

Accommodation

Entry requirements

Currency

Language

Safety considerations

Other sites of interest

Bibliography 61

Glossary and Abbreviations 62

Index 64

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