Allied Warships vs the Atlantic Wall
Normandy 1944

Duel 128 Allied Warships vs the Atlantic Wall

Author Steven J. Zaloga
Illustrator Adam Hook

 

This 80-page paperback book is the 128th book in the Duel series of books that are available from Osprey Publications.

A fascinating exploration of the often-overlooked gunnery duels between the formidable artillery weapons in the Atlantic Wall defenses and the mighty US and Royal Navy battleships. This is an often-overlooked fact that the gunnery duels between the formidable artillery weapons in the Atlantic Wall defenses and the mighty US and Royal Navy battleships.

Amphibious landings were an essential tool of Allied military strategy in World War II. The Royal Navy and the US Navy provided operational mobility that allowed the Allies to strike unexpectedly across the vast coastlines of the Mediterranean and Atlantic. Nazi Germany did not have sufficient naval power to seriously contest this, and so relied heavily on the huge and costly Atlantic Wall fortification program. By 1944, the French coast featured more than 1,900 coastal guns over 75mm in caliber.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Chronology
  • Design and Development
  • The Combatants
  • The Strategic Situation
  • Combat
  • Analysis
  • Aftermath
  • Bibliography
  • Index

The book describes the duel that played out in mid-1944 as the Allies launched their invasion of mainland Europe. At the heart of this is the engagement between Batterie Hamburg, one of the strongest German gun batteries defending the port of Cherbourg, and an Allied naval bombardment group led by the battleship USS Texas on June 25. The locations of key events are clearly shown in 2D maps, and stunning artworks reveal details of design, construction, weaponry, and ammunition. The book also discusses the evolution in Allied naval doctrine to overcome the coastal gun threat, based on repeated experiences during a succession of amphibious operations.

Summary

The book contains stunning artwork that reveal details of design, construction, weaponry, and ammunition. These can serve as excellent references for modelers looking to create accurate and detailed models of the battleships and fortifications involved in these duels.

For the wargamer, key events are clearly shown in 2D maps, which can help wargamers and modelers accurately recreate the geographical settings of these battles.

The book provides a fascinating exploration of a lesser-known aspect of World War II. This can satisfy the curiosity of historical enthusiasts and provide them with a deeper understanding of the war. The detailed accounts of the battles and the strategies used can also provide historical enthusiasts with a vivid picture of what these battles were like, bringing history to life in a way that few other resources can.

Allied Warships versus the Atlantic Wall, Normandy 1944 is a 80-page paperback book that is available from Osprey Publications.

Paperback $23.00
eBook (ePub) $18.40
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