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FOR 020 British Home Defences 1940–45

FOR 020 British Home Defences 1940–45
Autor: Bernard Lowry
Data publikacji: 2004-05-25
ISBN: 9781841767673
Wydawca: OSPREY
Język: angielski
Wymiary: 248 x 184mm
Oprawa: miękka
Liczba stron: 64
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In the summer of 1940, Britain asked itself not 'will Hitler invade?' but 'when?' SEALION, the German invasion plan, provoked the construction of pillboxes, coastal defences, heavy-gun emplacements and anti-aircraft batteries, as well as the formation of the Home Guard and covert groups. Later, new dangers replaced SEALION: radar detection systems were expanded during the Blitz years, as were intelligence-gathering systems and listening posts. From 1944, Britain was again faced with a deadly threat, Hitler's 'Vengeance weapons'. This title provides a concise assessment of Britain's defensive systems, and presents a vivid picture of war on the home front.

Introduction · Operation Sealion · Developing the defences 1940-41 · Britain's land defences · Coastal defences · Defending Britain's airspace · The enemy within · The invasion threat recedes · A nation at war · 1944-45: Hitler's vengeance weapons · Aftermath · Chronology · Bibliography · Glossary and abbreviations · Index

Bernard Lowry is a well-known figure in the field of fortifications, and is the Honorary Secretary of the Fortress Study Group, an international society concerned with the study of all aspects of military architecture and fortifications and their armaments. Bernard was also a regional co-ordinator for the Defence of Britain Project, which served to document over 20,000 modern military sites in the United Kingdom. Resident in Shropshire, England, this is his first book for Osprey Publishing.

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