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British Home Defences 1940-45 : Fortress - Taylor illustrated by Vincent Boulanger

British Home Defences 1940-45



Published: 20th May 2012
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In the summer of 1940, the question Britain asked itself was not 'will Hitler invade?' but 'when?' Sealion, the German invasion plan, provoked the construction of pillboxes, anti-tank stop-lines and islands, coastal defences, heavy-gun emplacements and anti-aircraft batteries, as well as the formation of the Home Guard and covert groups. New threats replaced Sealion: radar detection systems were expanded during the Blitz years, as were intelligence-gathering systems and listening posts. In 1944 and 1945, Britain was once again faced with a new and deadly threat, Hitler's 'Vengeance' weapons. This title provides a concise assessment of Britain's defensive systems, and presents a vivid picture of war on the home front.

Introduction; Operation Sealion; Developing the defences 1940-41; Britain's land defences; Coastal defences; Defending Britain's airspace; The enemy within; The invasion threat recedes; A nation at war; 1944-45: Hitler's vengeance weapons; Aftermath; Chronology; Bibliography; Glossary and abbreviations; Index

ISBN: 9781841767673
ISBN-10: 1841767670
Series: Fortress
Audience: BAU
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 64
Published: 20th May 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.8 x 18.4  x 0.5
Weight (kg): 0.22
Edition Number: 1