The Atlantic Wall (1): France (Paperback)


By Steven J. Zaloga, Hugh Johnson (Illustrator), Lee Ray (Illustrator)

Osprey Publishing (UK), 9781846031298, 64pp.

Publication Date: June 19, 2007



In 1942, with Germany's gradual loss of the strategic initiative to the Allies, Hitler was forced to construct an impenetrable wall of fortifications along the Atlantic and Mediterranean coast. However, Hitler's grandiose Atlantic wall scheme was hampered by the realities of Germany's wartime economy. Without the resources and manpower to fortify the entire coast, the emphasis was placed on the great festung ports, the likely location of an Allied amphibious landing.

This first volume in a series of three deals solely with the structures on the French Atlantic coast starting with the Pas de Calais and extending down to Spain. Featuring detailed illustrations and diagrams of the various sections of the Atlantic Wall and the role that they played, it gives an insightful analysis into some of the most accessible fortifications of World War II.

About 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. The author lives in Abingdon, Maryland.

Praise For The Atlantic Wall (1): France

"Steven J. Zaloga's The Atlantic Wall (1): France covers the design, technology and history of a key wall in strategic positions of defense during World War II. Chapters analyze its construction and unusual facets." -The Bookwatch (December 2007)

"Author Steven J. Zaloga takes us through the planning, design and implementation of these defenses while giving us a look at what it was like to live with these structures... In all a fascinating look at some of the more interesting defensive structures of WWII. A book that you are sure to enjoy." -Scott Van Aken, (July 2007)