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Germany’s East Wall in World War II

Germany’s East Wall in World War II Book Review

By Rachel E. Veres

Date of Review December 2015 Title Germany’s East Wall in World War II
Author Neil Short Publisher Osprey Publishing
Published 2015 ISBN 9781472805867
Format 64 pages, softbound MSRP (USD) $18.95

Book Review

Looking east Hitler declared, “You only have to kick in the door and the whole rotten structure will come crashing down.”

Endeavoring to redress informational disparities on German WWII defenses, Osprey’s Germany’s East Wall in World War II introduces readers to Germany’s Eastern Front defenses – including those in East Prussia – against the Soviet Union.

Author Neil Short dedicates the first two-thirds to the design history and site specifications of Germany’s eastern fortifications from initial development post-World War I through the Third Reich’s fall in May 1945.

The wall’s operational history and present-day sites consume the remaining third.

Fifty historical photographs, maps and artwork illustrating structural details augment this informative publication. A bibliography, glossary and abbreviations and index conclude the book.

Those wanting complementary titles need only look on the back cover.

Decidedly recommended.

My sincere thanks to Osprey Publishing for this review sample!