D-Day Fortifications in Normandy, Paperback

D-Day Fortifications in Normandy Paperback

Illustrated by Hugh Johnson

Part of the Fortress series

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The coastal defenses in Normandy along the D-Day beaches were less thorough than other Atlantic Wall defenses, such as the Pas de Calais, where the Germans expected the main attack.

However, they still proved to be formidable obstacles for the Allied invasion force.

Rommel stressed the need to defeat the invasion on the beach, and therefore the Normandy beach fortifications took on a significant role in German tactical thinking.

This book covers the different levels of passive and active fortifications that were designed to stop the Allied assaults on the beaches of Normandy.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 64 pages, Illustrations (some col.)
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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  • Category: Humamities
  • ISBN: 9781841768762



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Steve Zaloga is one of the more reliable writers for Osprey and this booklet is a good indication why, as he does a neat job of showing how the fortification system on the D-Day beaches evolved and how this impacted operations. The short version is that at Omaha Beach the Germans had achieved close to a text-book solution in terms of density of installations and having sufficient troops on hand to man them, contributing to the high American casualties; it's just that the text-book aggressive counter-attack never came and the German defenses fell to weight of numbers.