The book also details the decline of the idea as countries reassessed the threats they faced and slowly dismantled all their fixed fortifications.
Author: Neil Short
Tank Turret Fortifications traces the origins of the idea from the development of the first armoured turrets in the nineteenth century through to the present day. On the way it covers the inter-war period when the first turrets were used in this way, the Second World War, when tank turrets were used on every front in the European Theatre of Operations, and the post-war period, when tank turrets were used even more widely. The book also details the decline of the idea as countries reassessed the threats they faced and slowly dismantled all their fixed fortifications. Widely used during World War Two and since, tank turret fortifications deserve a history, and Neil Short has spent several years writing this, the first proper study.
These usually used turrets from captured French tanks and the two most common
types in Normandy were the World War I Renault FT tank turrets and the later
APX-R turret as seen here.The APX-R turret was developed by the Atelier de ...
Author: Steven J. Zaloga
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
German defenses along the Normandy beaches were part of the larger Atlantic Wall fortifications designed to defend Fortress Europe. When Field Marshal Erwin Rommel took command of the invasion front in late 1943, he began a program to enhance fortifications along the Normandy coast as he believed that any Allied assault had to be stopped on the invasion beaches themselves. His most important contribution to the defenses was an extensive program of improvised beach obstructions to complicate any landing attempt. This book analyses these fortifications and describes how the Allied forces overcame them on the morning of June 6, 1944.
The new fortifications included bunkers, positions for tank turrets (Panther turrets
and turrets from older tank models), bunkers for 88mm antitank guns,
prefabricated one-man bunkers,Tobruk-type bunkers, and small portable
Author: J.E. Kaufmann
Publisher: Pen and Sword
After the Napoleonic Wars the borders of Central Europe were redrawn and relative peace endured across the region, but the volatile politics of the late nineteenth century generated an atmosphere of fear and distrust, and it gave rise to a new era of fortress building, and this is the subject of this highly illustrated new study. The authors describe how defensive lines and structures on a massive scale were constructed along national frontiers to deter aggression. The Germans, Austro-Hungarians and Czechs all embarked on ambitious building programmes. Artillery positions, barbed-wire networks, casemates, concrete bunkers, trench lines, observation posts all sprang up in a vain attempt to keep the peace and to delay the invader. The strategic thinking that gave rise to these defensive schemes is described in detail in this study, as is the planning, design and construction of the lines themselves. Their operational history in wartime, in particular during the Second World War, is a key element of the account.
The anti-tank bunkers included a firing chamber for a 47mm gun and one for a
machine gun. There was also an embrasure for a searchlight. Twenty-five anti- tank bunkers in the PFLs mounted a turret built for the army's armoured vehicles
Author: J.E. Kaufmann
Publisher: Pen and Sword
After the Napoleonic Wars the borders of Europe were redrawn and relative peace endured across the region, but the volatile politics of the late nineteenth century generated an atmosphere of fear and distrust, and it gave rise to a new era of fortress building. In the neutral states situated between France and Germany - The Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland - the need for extensive fixed defences was particularly urgent, and this is the subject of this highly illustrated new study. The strategic thinking that gave rise to these defensive schemes is described in detail, as is the planning, design and construction of the lines themselves. Their operational history in wartime, in particular during the Second World War, is a key element of this expert account.
The strange looking bunker at 11 was associated with fuel storage tanks which
were buried nearby . Wn . Albert Pier ... This was supported by two 2cm Flak guns
, a MG in a tank turret , a 5cm mortar , a flamethrower and machine guns . All that
Author: A. Jankovic-PotocnikPublish On: 2012-09-19
... Michael, Alarm Küste (Wolfersheim: PodzunPallas-Verlag, 1996) Short, Neil, Tank Turret Fortifications (Ramsbury (UK): Crowood Press, 2006) * Speer, Albert,
Inside the Third Reich (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1970) Stacey, Colonel C.P.,
Author: A. Jankovic-Potocnik
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Hitler's Atlantic Wall, the complex system of coastal fortifications that stretched from Norway to the Spanish border during the Second World War, was built to defend occupied Europe from Allied invasion. Many of its principal structures survive and can be visited today, and this book is an authoritative guide to them. The wall, which was constructed on a massive scale between 1942 and 1944 by German engineers, forced laborers and troops, consisted of strong points, artillery casemates, bunkers, troop shelters, minefields, anti-tank and anti-boat obstacles. It also included the concrete U-boat and E-boat pens in the key ports and, behind the Channel coast, the V-weapon sites. This huge scheme of fortifications was one of the longest defensive lines in military history.This history and guide takes the reader—and visitor—through the entire story of the fortifications from the fall of France to the Allied breakthrough and the defeat of the German armies in Normandy. This narrative puts the extensive remains that can be seen today in a fascinating historical context. As a guide to some of the most impressive relics of the Second World War, this book will be essential reading and reference for any one who is interested in the history of fortifications, D-Day and the liberation of occupied Europe.
5 cm coast defence gun casemate at Bibette Head lies within the infantry
strongpoint . The Tobruk pit originated as a small , well protected reinforced
concrete position mounting a tank turret at ground level during the North African
E tanks were built from May 1938 through August 1939 by MAN, and they served
in Poland. ... tanks which had their turrets removed for use in fortifications was as
utility carriers. ... E tank versions, the Flamm (also known as “Flamingo”)used a
new turret mounting a single MG34 machine gun, and two remotely controlled ...
Author: Bob Carruthers
Publisher: Pen and Sword
The first vehicle to be produced in any numbers for the Panzerwaffe was the tiny Panzer I known as the MG Panzerwagen. Almost from the outset the limitations of the design for the Panzer I were obvious. It was essentially a training vehicle which was only pressed into service as a last resort. It was to be succeeded by the Panzer II which could at least engage armoured cars and combat against tanks with approximately the same armour as itself.Together these two tanks formed the bulk of the armour which between 1939 and 1941 conquered half of Europe.This comprehensive overview of the light Panzers in action was compiled by Emmy Award winning historian Bob Carruthers. It draws heavily on war-time intelligence reports to produce a fascinating insight into the development and combat history of the light Panzers at the tactical and operational level.Also featured are rare developments such as the Panzer II flame thrower variant alongside unpublished photographs and illustrations which provide an absorbing study, from an array of primary sources, of the world of the light Panzer and their crews from contemporary Allied sources.
Visible on the roof of the vehicle's turret is the small circular exterior opening , just
behind the loader's hatch , for the small ... armored assault vehicle that could
effectively destroy enemy defensive fortifications at close range with a single shot
Author: Michael Green
Publisher: Zenith Press
The full history, design and mechanics, and checkered record of one of WWII's most formidable weapons, with photographs, diagrams, and maps.
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Automobiles, Military Fortification, Field ... in tanks — Turrets UF Tank turrets
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Today's Soviet fortresses – the Fortified Areas – are either completely new or are
established in areas in which there were ... Since these tank turrets cover one
another and since, in addition to them, the fortified areas contain thousands of
Author: Viktor Suvorov
Publisher: Macmillan Publishing Company
Category: Political Science
"Among the subjects covered in this book in a cool, unexaggerated, terrifying way, are: the types of armed forces, the combat organisation, the plans for mobilisation, strategy and tactics, equipment, the training of the soldier, the sergeant and the officer, the higher military hierarchy, and the political/ideological/military axis." -- front inside jacket flap.
This bibliography should prove invaluable to scholars and researchers concerned with military history, and the place of fortifications in warfare. This is the first English-language general bibliography on military fortifications. It deals with the history of fortifications from the earliest times to the present throughout the world. Materials included range from books and pamphlets to essays, periodicals, book chapters, dissertations, and videos. Although it mainly cites English-language sources, numerous useful foreign-language publications are noted as well. Access is augmented through an author index and a subject index.
... and anti - tank guns firing through embrasures designed to provide flanking fire
along the line interlocking with the fire of the casemates connecting the forts ;
infantry and artillery turret blocks mounting one retracting armoured turret armed
Our tanks fought the action on the move, with turrets traversed left, and silenced
the enemy. On the southern edge of Vocedée ... hills west of Cerfontaine. 16 May.
The Panzer Regiment advanced on the French line of fortifications round Sivry.
Author: Terry Brighton
Publisher: Penguin UK
In the Second World War, Great Britain, the United States and Germany each produced one land force commander who stood out from the rest: Bernard Montgomery, George Patton and Erwin Rommel. These three armour-plated egos were the greatest generals of the war, and theirs was a very personal contest: the clash of mighty armies perceived as a bout between three men. All three were arrogant and flawed, yet with a genius for the command of men and an unrivalled enthusiasm for combat. All had spectacular success on the battlefield. But their explosive relationships with each other and with their political masters rivalled the pyrotechnics of their tank battles in determining the conduct and outcome of the war. Masters of Battle presents the Second World War as it was experienced by its three most flamboyant, controversial and influential commanders.
Ouvrage Chenois to comprise one 75 mm turret , one casemate for three 75 mm
guns , one turret for either 75 mm guns or 81 ... Between these forts were to be a
series of infantry casemates providing flanking anti tank gun fire and frontal and ...
"The Maginot Line, the complex system of strongpoints constructed between the world wars by the French to protect against attack from Germany, is one of the most famous, extensive and controversial defensive schemes in all military history.
Author: J. E. Kaufmann
Publisher: Casemate Publishers
"The Maginot Line, the complex system of strongpoints constructed between the world wars by the French to protect against attack from Germany, is one of the most famous, extensive and controversial defensive schemes in all military history. It stretched from Belgium to Switzerland, and from Switzerland to the Mediterranean, and it represented the most advanced and ambitious system of static defenses of its time. Much of this historic line -- with its fortresses, artillery positions, barbed-wire networks, casemates, concrete bunkers -- has survived and can be visited today ... The strategic thinking that gave rise to this enormous feat of military engineering is described, as is the planning, design, and construction of the line -- and its operational history. Each of the key sites is described in detail, and visitor information and plans are provided"--Jacket.