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Forts and Fortifications of Europe 1815-1945 : the Central States.

Author: J E Kaufmann
Publisher: Pen and Sword, 2014.
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: J E Kaufmann
ISBN: 1322321159 9781322321158 9781473839267 1473839262 9781473838550 147383855X
OCLC Number: 896635680
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Cover; Title Page; Copyright Page; Contents; Acknowledgements; Glossary of Terms; Chapter 1: Introduction; The Central Position; The Changing Face of Fortifications; Chapter 2: Defending the Second Reich; From the Ruins of Empire; Other Fortifications of the Confederation; The German Confederation; The Winds of War Bring Change; Armour; Building for the Next War; Military Theorists and Fortifications; How Secret Were the New German Forts?; On the Eve of the Great War; German Fortifications of the Great War; German Fortifications from 1890-1918; German Fortification Terms. Chapter 3: The Monster in the MiddlePeace with Revenge; Rebuilding the Military and the Defences of the Reich; Guide to German Bunkers and Fortification Components; The East Wall; East Wall Statistics; Cost v. Production and Tank v. Cloche; East Prussia; To the West Wall; The Backbone of the West Wall; Regelbau; Chapter 4: The Third Reich at War; The War; Hitler's View; Sectors of the West Wall and Defence in Depth; Regelbau Charts; Regelbau of the West Wall; Preparing for the Last Stand; The German National Redoubt/Alpine Festung; The Vallo Alpino; The Kugelbunker. Chapter 5: The Feeble GiantFrom the Austrian to the Austro-Hungarian Empire; Austrian Military Engineers; Przemyśl, Austria's Bulwark in the East; The Southern Fronts Since the 1880s; Austrian Artillery and Armour; Fortifications of Austria-Hungary during the War; Chapter 6: The Cockpit of Europe; In the Middle; Defensive Lines; Czech Weapons and Armour for Fortifications; The Beneš Line: The Czech Maginot Line; Ready for War; Czech Army on Mobilization --
September 1938; Chapter 7: Conclusion; Appendix 1: Vallo Alpino; Appendix 2: Hungary, Economic Bastion of the Reich. Appendix 3: Selected Sites Open TodayAppendix 4: What Makes an Effective Fortification?; Notes ; Bibliography; Index.

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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.

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