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Advances in Military Geosciences
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German Military Geology and Fortification of the British Channel Islands during World War II

Editors: Rose, Edward P. F. (Ed.)

  • There is no other book on this topic, or a topic like it
  • There is no other book that provides a regional case history of German military geology in World War II
  • Germany made more use of military geologists during the war than Britain and the USA combined but the information gathered, until this book, has mostly not available in English
  • There are many books that describe features of the German occupation of the Channel Islands but none of these relate construction to geology
  • The brief but intensive phase of German geological investigation on the islands, and its very practical application, is not otherwise conveniently documented in geological literature
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How German armed forces made effective use of military geologists to assist their fortification of the Channel Islands after their capture from the British in 1940 – a unique case history, of German geologist expertise applied to British terrain, intended to make the Islands into an impregnable fortress that postwar would remain a permanent outpost of the German state. In doing so, the book will explain why the Channel Islands constitute a ‘classic’ location for British geology; how German armed forces made far greater military use of geologists than either their British or American opponents; and the legacy of fortifications that may conveniently be seen by tourists today – fortifications bypassed by Allied forces that liberated nearby Normandy after D-Day in June 1944, and surrendered intact at the end of the War in Europe in May 1945.

About the authors

Ted Rose is an alumnus of Oxford University (1st class honours in geology 1963, followed by a DPhil for a thesis on Libyan fossiliferous limestones 1966) and a former British reserve army (Territorial Army) soldier (a subaltern successively in the Oxford University Officers Training Corps, Q (Queen’s Own Oxfordshire Hussars) Battery Royal Artillery, and A (Oxfordshire Rifles) Company of the Oxfordshire Battalion, Royal Green Jackets). He pursued a full-time career lecturing on geology in the University of London, at Bedford College 1966-1985, Royal Holloway 1985 onwards, before retiring in 2003 from a senior lectureship to an honorary research fellowship. From the Green Jackets he transferred into the Royal Engineers (Volunteers) for 21 years, serving primarily as a military geologist with brief attachments to British forces worldwide (British regular forces having no geologists who serve as such), and for the last 16 of those years as the senior geologist with call-out liability within the British armed forces. He transferred in 1990 into the Regular Army Reserve of Officers, as a colonel, reaching the age-related liability for call-out in 1998. He was an active member of the University of London Military Education Committee until 2009, finally as chairman, and in June 2013 was elected Honorary President of the International Association of Military Geoscientists now in process of formation.

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  • ISBN 978-3-319-22768-9
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  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
Hardcover ca. 129,99 €
price for Korea, Republic of (South Korea) (gross)
  • 까지: April 12, 2020
  • ISBN 978-3-319-22767-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
German Military Geology and Fortification of the British Channel Islands during World War II
Editors
  • Edward P. F. Rose
Series Title
Advances in Military Geosciences
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-22768-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-22767-2
Series ISSN
2522-8315
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
400
Number of Illustrations
100 b/w illustrations, 100 illustrations in colour
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