W. Foot, ed., (2006). Beaches, fields, streets and hills. York: Council for British Archaeology.

Title
Title
The title of the publication or report
Title:
Beaches, fields, streets and hills
Subtitle
Subtitle
The sub title of the publication or report
Subtitle:
the anti-invasion landscapes of England, 1940
Series
Series
The series the publication or report is included in
Series:
Council for British Archaeology Research Reports
Volume
Volume
Volume number and part
Volume:
144
Pages
Pages
The number of pages in the publication or report
Number of Pages:
658
Downloads
Downloads
Any files associated with the publication or report that can be downloaded from the ADS
Downloads:
RR144.pdf (29 MB) : Download
DOI
DOI
The DOI (digital object identifier) for the publication or report.
DOI
Publication Type
Publication Type
The type of publication - report, monograph, journal article or chapter from a book
Publication Type:
Monograph Chapter (in Series)
Abstract
Abstract
The abstract describing the content of the publication or report
Abstract:
Study of sixty-seven areas of English landscape where material evidence of 1940 defences survives. To counter the threat of a ground war on home territory, defences were erected on the coast and inland, the latter involving a complicated pattern of linear (stop line) defence and area defence based on important communication (nodal) points. The prime purpose of these was to serve as anti-tank obstacles. Through documentary assessment and fieldwork, the defences have been reconstructed as they originally stood, and the strategy behind them analysed. Wherever possible, they have been repopulated with the troops that manned them or were detailed to move to these prepared battlefields in the actual event of invasion, whether units of the regular Field Army or of the Home Guard. Each type of defence work is examined in detail, and the surviving condition of individual structures assessed. A glossary of defence work types is included, and these differing types are indicated on the maps that illustrate the area reports. Archival maps and air photographs are also included, some of which were produced by the German Army and Air Force indicating their meticulous preparations for the invasion. The book also examines the overall historical perspective of the 1940 defences, and seeks to dispel several myths that have grown up concerning this subject. It show that, despite initial shortages of weapons and building materials, the defence systems put in place from mid-1940 to the spring of 1941 were highly complex and meticulously planned, making full use of landscape features and natural topography, and set back in depth from the coastal front edge in protection of the nation's heartlands. Includes French and German summaries, and
Author
Author
The authors of this publication or report
Author:
William Foot
Editor
Editor
The editor of the publication or report
Editor:
William Foot
Publisher
Publisher
The publisher of the publication or report
Publisher:
Council for British Archaeology
Year of Publication
Year of Publication
The year the book, article or report was published
Year of Publication:
2006
ISBN
ISBN
International Standard Book Number
ISBN:
1 902771 53 2
Figure/Plate/Table/Ref
Figure/Plate/Table/Ref
What type of illustrations and extra information is available in the publication or report.
Figure/Plate/Table/Ref:
Figure:    Plate:    Table:    Ref:
Source
Source
Where the record has come from or which dataset it was orginally included in.
Source:
The British & Irish Archaeological Bibliography (BIAB)
Related resources
Related resources
Other resources which are relevant to this publication or report
Relations:
URL: http://new.archaeologyuk.org/full-list-of-publications
Created Date
Created Date
The date the record of the pubication was first entered
Created Date:
26 Jun 2006
Chapter Title Sort Order Both Arrows Access Type Author / Editor Page
Start/End Sort Order Up Arrow
Abstract
633 - 639
641 - 642