Oxford: Osprey Publishing Limited, 2007. — 64 p. — (Fortress 62).The German blitzkrieg assault of 1941 forced the Soviets to undertake large-scale defensive operations. Lessons were learned across many types of terrain, including the open steppes, forests, swamps and cities. Containing a wealth of detail about trenches, bunkers, observation posts and weapon positions, this book examines field fortifications built from local materials by infantrymen, as well as their use of mines, field camouflage techniques and construction tools. It provides a fascinating insight into Soviet defences against the might of the German Army.Contents Introduction Soviet defensive doctrine Building and manning the defences Establishing the defence Defensive firepower Building the fortifications A tour of the fighting positions The test of battle An assessment of Soviet field fortifications Further reading and research Glossary and abbreviations Index
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