Pill Boxes on the
Western Front 1914-18

Peter Oldham
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Aviation Book Reviews: Pill Boxes on the Western Front 1914-18 - Peter Oldham


When the First World War froze into a static line of trenches stretching from the North Sea to the Swiss border, the most obvious means of protection against the murderous machine-gun fire which both sides inflicted upon each other was some form of shell-proof shelter which from which fire could be returned in safety, hence the development of the pill box. The idea was certainly not new but the technology required to build them under the prevailing circumstances presented problems hitherto undreamed of.

In this remarkably absorbing study of what at first seems a somewhat arcane study of what at first seems a somewhat arcane subject, Peter Oldham, himself a concrete technologist, examines the problems of the design and construction of the pill boxes of the Western Front. He describes how the innumerable difficulties involved in what might to the untrained eye seem to be a fairly simple structure, were gradually overcome.

Containing as it does, a gazetteer of the remaining pill boxes and bunkers still to be found in Flanders and Picardy, this book will prove an invaluable guide to the members of many clubs and societies which annually make pilgrimages to the battlefields of the First World War and certainly add a new dimension and interest to their visits to the Western Front.

Link:
Many thanks to Pen & Sword Aviation Books for the review copy, buy it here; www.pen-and-sword.co.uk
Rating:
T.

Recommended!
Military Book Reviews: Pill Boxes on the Western Front 1914-18 - Peter Oldham
- Pen & Sword books -
 
 
Military Book Reviews: Pill Boxes on the Western Front 1914-18 - Peter Oldham
- Pen & Sword books -
Title:
Pill Boxes on the Western Front:
A guide to the design, construction and use of concrete pill boxes 1914 - 1918
Author:
Peter Oldham
ISBN:
9781848844391
Format:
Paperback, 240 x 165mm, 208 pages, numerous illustrations and black & white photographs
Publ. date:
2011
Military Book Reviews: Pill Boxes on the Western Front 1914-18 - Peter Oldham
- Pen & Sword books -
Aviation Book Reviews at www.controltowers.co.uk © robert truman September 2011
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