Germany's West Wall

The Siegfried Line

Germany's West Wall cover

Germany's West Wall

The Siegfried Line

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The West Wall (or the Siegfried Line as the Allies called it) played a crucial role in the bitter fighting of 1944 and 1945 in North-West Europe. Constructed in the period immediately after the remilitarisation of the Rhineland in 1936, the Wall stretched for 300 miles from Cleve in the north to the Swiss Border and consisted of some 14,000 pillboxes. The Wall initially blunted the US attack, and Hitler used it as a foundation from which to launch the Ardennes Offensive. This title takes a detailed look at the development and form of this key fortification, examining the principles of its defence in visual depth, and discussing its fate in the wake of the Allied onslaught.

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Published 22 Jan 2004
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9781841766782
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 44 b/w; 13 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Fortress
Short code FOR 15
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Neil Short

Neil Short studied history at the University of La…

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Chris Taylor

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