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

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

  • Provides a regional case history of German military geology in World War II
  • Offers an English language account of how Germany made more use of military geologists during the war than Britain and the USA combined 
  • Relates construction to geology in describing the German occupation of the Channel Islands 
  • Documents the brief but intensive phase of German geological investigation on the Channel Islands
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This volume discusses how the 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. The book presents 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 explains 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.

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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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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
2021
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-22768-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-22768-9
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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