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British Home Defences 1940-45
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Manufacturer: Osprey Books
Stock Number: OSP FOR20
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Author: Bernard Lowry
Illustrators: Chris Taylor Vincent Boulanger

About this book
In the summer of 1940, Britain asked itself not 'will Hitler invade?' but 'when?' SEALION, the German invasion plan, provoked the construction of pillboxes, coastal defences, heavy-gun emplacements and anti-aircraft batteries, as well as the formation of the Home Guard and covert groups. Later, new dangers replaced SEALION: radar detection systems were expanded during the Blitz years, as were intelligence-gathering systems and listening posts. From 1944, Britain was again faced with a 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
Paperback; May 2004; 64 pages; ISBN: 9781841767673

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