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German pillboxes on the western front


Sly

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Hello,

I'm looking for a book called "German pillboxes on the western front", or something like that.

Does anyone knows or has read it ?

Is there many detailed maps and photos ?

Where can I get it ? (someone told me in a book store at Ypres?)

I work hard to count bunkers still visible from the Somme to the Pas-de-calais, does any forumer knows books about WW1 bunkers (building, area, etc...)

Many thanks,

Sly

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Hello Sly,

You better contact Regulus I, he knows a lot about bunkers.

Marnik

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Could it be :

Peter Oldham, Pill Boxes on the Western Front - A Guide to the Design, Construction and Use of Concrete Pill Boxes, 1914-1918, publ. 12/1/1995 ?

The author is a member of this Forum.

If you contact me off Forum (PM), then I can give you his User Name (if you want to contact him), and also the e-mail address of the owner of the Shell Hole bookshop near Ypres Market Place.

Aurel

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its very expensive and quite difficult to find. I found it slightly disappointing and definately not worth the current asking price from dealers.

Mick

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Ok, it's not cheap for a second hand book, but it's the only one written by a specialist on the matter since a very, very long time !

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I think it's an absolute ripper of a book. I'm fascinated by pillboxes - they're probably the most tangible connection with the fighting from the First World War - and the Gazeteer of remaining pillboxes at the back of the book is a fantastic resource.

Having said that, I paid $60 for the book at the Australian War Memorial shop about 8 years ago, so you have to really like your pillboxes to get value from it.

Cheers,

Mat

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  • 3 years later...

It appeared on the Amazon UK website as due to be (re) published on the 17th February. I duly placed my order some weeks ago, to find that it is not yet available. It is listed, without image on the publisher's website as available to pre-order, but doesn't appear in their "coming soon" titles. Lets hope the new edition does emerge eventually. I'm sure there will be quite a few takers.

Keith

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Keith,

That publisher does this kind of advertising all the time !

Mick

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I have looked more closely at their website, and it is currently a pre-publication opportunity to purchase a volume due for release on 28th April 2011 ??????

Sadly Mick, you are right, I have experienced this before with that firm, but it is still as annoying each time. I just hope they really are producing a new edition.

Keith

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Sly,

If you are having problems getting hold of Peter Oldhams book, you could also try:

"The Work Of The Royal Engineers In The European War, 1914 - 1919: Concrete Defence Works and Factories"

Copy available here:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1845743342/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_3?pf_rd_p=103612307&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=184574120X&pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_r=04FXT0MQFZP1HH07E63J#reader_1845743342

The book is part of a greater series of books highlighting the work and roles of the RE in the Great War. Many sections of the books in the series were published as articles in the Royal Engineers Journal. All of the RE Journal articles from 1905 - 2005 are available on disc from the RE museum at Chatham for about £10.00

Regards

Iain

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Well it is nice to read of some comments about one's work. It was a while ago now, and I only wish I got a percentage of the current prices.

I have been advised that the paperback reprint is "soon".....however it is only a reprint and, due to the continuing loss of standing remains in France and Belgium, is already out of date in some respects.

Due to the continuing loss of these structures I have been working on a complete (?) list of all remaining structures on the Somme, for starters and hope to do something with this as soon as completed (just been over for a few days re-taking some old photos....surprising what has been destroyed in the last few years).

A Belgian agency has been logging all the WW1 remains as an inventaris and this can only be good and interesting for a visitor.

In advice to Sly's original query....personally I would hang on and get a reprint for about a tenner rather than pay £150 for a second hand hardback

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There is also a book which was published in 1933 by Col E G L Thurlow called "The Pill-Boxes of Flanders" It's very small, 48 pages, has 3 maps, including one large fold-out, and 5 photos

Martin

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There is also "Studies of German Defences Near Lille" by Capt/Maj B.T.Wilson DSO. R.E. 1919.

The book covers three areas:

Aubers Ridge 13 locations.

Pont-A-Vendin 7 locations.

Menin-Roulers Road. 3 locations.

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My copy of the reprinted "Pillboxes on the Western Front" has apparently been dispatched overnight by Amazon, so it has finally been released. This should hit the price of the second hand copies I fear.

I am looking forward to reading it, before my foray on the Somme which follows closely upon Easter.

Keith

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That will be a bit of a disappointment for the bloke selling one for £1,194.94!

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Yes, I think he might have to trim his price by about £1185

So sad

Keith

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