|The Adolf Guns|
|Author: Harald Isachsen, 2008. Reviewed by Dan Reedtz|
|Languages: Norwegian, English and German. 64 pages. ISBN 978-82-998024-0-6|
Adolf Guns is a comprehensive booklet not unlike the Fortress series
by Osprey. On sixty-four pages the reader is taken through the story of
the mighty guns that once protected vital points along Hitler’s
Atlantic Wall and of which now only the battery “Theo” at Trondenes
near Harstad in Norway remains intact. The booklet is written by Harald
Isachsen, Trondenes, whose knowledge of the battery and the guns reaches
twenty years back.
starts out with a brief update on the interwar situation in Germany and
the factors that led to the Second World War, providing an account of
Germany’s rearmament and the “Plan Z” that specified the ten year
plan for the Kriegsmarine. He covers the actions and lack of success of
the large surface vessels and the strain that the construction of heavy
battleships did put on the wartime economy and resources. This is
important to understand why such mastodon guns were produced even before
the outbreak of the war – and then again never put into their intended
helpful is an array of graphic plates, describing geography, gun range
in relation to important harbors, and the layout of the Theo stronghold.
Also the technical side of gun laying, observation posts, range finders
and radar installations as well as the analog “computers” applied
for calculation of target data is touched.
a chapter pays homage to the Russian POW’s that were used as slave
labor by the Nazis and who - maltreated and insufficiently nourished -
died by the hundreds under appalling conditions while working on these
Atlantic Wall fortresses.
Available now in English and Norwegian (and German in May 2009) at: http://www.adolfkanonen.com