By Steven J. Zaloga, Hugh Johnson, Lee Ray, Chris Taylor
In 1942, with Germany's slow lack of the strategic initiative to the Allies, Hitler used to be compelled to build an impenetrable wall of fortifications alongside the Atlantic and Mediterranean coast. although, Hitler's grandiose Atlantic wall scheme used to be hampered through the realities of Germany's wartime financial system. with out the assets and manpower to toughen the whole coast, the emphasis was once put on the nice festung ports, the most probably place of an Allied amphibious touchdown.
This first quantity in a chain of 3 offers exclusively with the constructions at the French Atlantic coast beginning with the Pas de Calais and increasing right down to Spain. that includes special illustrations and diagrams of some of the sections of the Atlantic Wall and the position that they performed, it provides an insightful research into the most obtainable fortifications of worldwide struggle II.
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The battery was declared operational on January 11, 1942, and it was renamed later in the year in honor of the head of the Organization Todt, Fritz Todt, who died in a plane crash on February 8, 1942. Unlike Batterie Lindemann, the four gun turrets were not named, but simply numbered from 1 to 4, with Turret 4 being the one located closest the sea and Turret 1 being the furthest inland and the site of today’s Musée de Mur de l’Atlantique. 242 and was commanded by Kapitänleutnant MA Klaus Momber.
The self-satisfied interpretation could never be dislodged from the minds of high command. Together with Rommel’s fallacious theories of defense, it was responsible for the grotesque German situation [in France]. In some cases, the Germans integrated existing French coastal defense positions into the Atlantic Wall. This triple-tier fire-control post was part of MKB Seeadler located on Pointe du Brulay near Cap Lévy east of Cherbourg, armed with French 194mm guns in kettle emplacements. (NARA) For the Allies, Dieppe provided valuable lessons into the realities of assaulting fortified ports, even one as weakly protected as Dieppe.
Rather it is like a thin and fragile cord which has a few small knots at isolated places such as Dieppe and Dunkirk. The strengthening of this cord was no doubt under way during the past spring and summer. Since August the effort has been getting steadily weaker … and any considerable increase in bunker construction will not take place til spring [since] material and labor are lacking. ” Hell! Are we army soldiers just dirt?? We are supposed to stand to the last man and to the last bullet. And we do it.
The Atlantic Wall by Steven J. Zaloga, Hugh Johnson, Lee Ray, Chris Taylor