By Paul Williams
This well-illustrated booklet describes the big attempt that the occupying Nazi forces placed into the development of the jap component of the Atlantic Wall. whereas the D-Day invasion was once unaffected through the fortifications during this quarter, they nonetheless posed an important probability. This got here from the effective gun batteries (such as Batteries Todt and Lindemann) that threatened Channel delivery and the South Coast of britain, and, whereas remoted from the most Allied enhance, the Festung ports of Calais, Boulogne and Dunkirk have been denied to Allied use. This used to be of significant strategic importance because the traces of offer have been turning into ever longer and extra vulnerable.Using infrequent archive fabric, this ebook takes the reader on a desirable trip alongside the coast that Hitler was once wrongly confident may be the web site of the Allied landings. Hitler's Atlantic Wall - Pas de Calais tells the background of the way and why the large batteries have been outfitted, the origins in their weaponry and the creative engineering and army operations that defeated them eventually.
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The Regelbau (R) quantity targeted the bunker’s function. on the subject of the R501 it was once an einfacher Gruppenunterstand, which interprets as a unmarried squad dug-out in different phrases, a bunker within which one part of ten males may possibly reside. One element of the R501 that may fluctuate used to be the perspective of the corners. usually, the perimeters have been easily equipped right into a sq. form in addition to the curved roof edges the place they joined. the good thing about this used to be that they have been rather uncomplicated to place jointly as no specialized joints have been wanted. yet, by the point the larger R502 was once built, a extra advanced, around end used to be getting used. the following, the complete nook of the bunker wall used to be rounded and roof corners have been outfitted right into a round form. The moulds for this have been even more labour in depth yet study had proved that the rounded nook used to be a lot superior than the sq. and such a lot bunkers had it included by way of the top of 1943. The R501 bunker used to be designed to accommodate a unmarried part of ten troops, whereas the R502 may possibly apartment double that quantity of team of workers. As such, its major room used to be easy and oblong, however the have to enable the bunker to be defended opposed to either attackers and chemical guns made beneficial an tricky front that took up a large number of area. The R501 took up nearly 90 sq. metres of floor region, yet merely twenty sq. metres was once for using the occupants, below 1 / 4 of the whole region. the rest of the positioning used to be taken up by means of the thick partitions, front corridors, doors and air locks. The bunker basically consisted of an front hall, sometimes called the close-combat room, situated within the rear wall, ie the wall that confronted clear of the main most likely course of enemy assault. This avoided enemy hearth from touchdown without delay in it, accidentally or now not. If attainable, the doorway was once safe via a ninety measure nook and ignored via an embrasure. This establishing, covered with wooden to minimise the danger of ricochets, used to be frequently secure through an armoured metal plate and will be used to inflict small hands hearth. The hall might be closed off through a steel bar door which avoided enemy troops from having access to the bunker yet didn't hinder the firing ports set into the bunker wall. In later designs, gutters have been suited for the sting of the bunker front hall, embrasures and air intakes which not just avoided rain water from accumulating in doors and on flooring but additionally acted as a defence opposed to flame throwers through diverting the inflammable gas onto the partitions. one of many significant adjustments among the 500-type bunkers and their successor, the 600-series, used to be that the doorway used to be at the similar point of the bunker within the R501 and R502 yet within the R621, the doorway was once set a lot larger than the ground point, with steps top down. This not just helped cover the bunker itself yet could additionally silhouette would-be assailants opposed to the sky in common conditions. there has been a decontamination chamber in case of chemical weapon assault, the place squaddies might decontaminate themselves earlier than getting into the particular air lock – it another way resulted in a useless finish.