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PILL BOXES ON THE WESTERN FRONT

 
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BerichtGeplaatst: 29 Nov 2010 21:24    Onderwerp: PILL BOXES ON THE WESTERN FRONT Reageer met quote

PILL BOXES ON THE WESTERN FRONT, van Peter Oldham.



Het boek over Pill Boxes van Peter Oldham werd voor het eerst uitgegeven in 1995.
En het wordt vandaag de dag tweedehands aangeboden voor een gigantische prijs van €125,- tot wel €150,-
Ik denk dat dit een prachtig boek is voor bunker liefhebbers !
En die zijn er denk ik genoeg hier op het forum. Laughing

Peter Oldham, een beton-deskundige, bestudeert de problemen van ontwerp en constructie van de bunkers aan het Westfront.
Hij beschrijft de problemen die men tegen kwam bij de constructie van deze - in de ogen van vele mensen - "simpele" bouwsels.
Daarnaast bevat het boek een overzicht van nog aanwezige bunkers en schuilplaatsen in Vlaanderen en Picardie.

Lees meer en zie enkele voorbeelden :



Het goede nieuws is dat Pen&Sword het boek in februari/maart 2011 opnieuw uitbrengt.
En dit voor een schappelijke prijs van
£10.39 en wie weet is hij op Amazon straks nog wel goedkoper.



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BerichtGeplaatst: 30 Nov 2010 8:40    Onderwerp: Tip Reageer met quote

Thx voor deze tip !
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BerichtGeplaatst: 30 Nov 2010 8:47    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Wordt gevolgd (door mij) Cool
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BerichtGeplaatst: 04 Dec 2010 19:52    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Wow, dit is goed nieuws want dit is een enorm goed boek!
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BerichtGeplaatst: 04 Dec 2010 20:09    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Pill boxes on the Western Front (pre-order)
Guide to the Design, Construction and Use of Concrete Pillboxes 1914-1918

When the First World War froze into a static line of trenches stretching from the North Sea to the Swiss border, the most obvious means of protection against the murderous machine-gun fire which both sides inflicted upon each other was some form of shell-proof shelter which from which fire could be returned in safety, hence the development of the pill box. The idea was certainly not new but the technology required to build them under the prevailing circumstances presented problems hitherto undreamed of.
In this remarkably absorbing study of what at first seems a somewhat arcane study of what at first seems a somewhat arcane subject, Peter Oldham, himself a concrete technologist, examines the problems of the design and construction of the pill boxes of the Western Front. He describes how the innumerable difficulties involved in what might to the untrained eye seem to be a fairly simple structure, were gradually overcome.
Containing as it does, a gazetteer of the remaining pill boxes and bunkers still to be found in Flanders and Picardy, this book will prove an invaluable guide to the members of many clubs and societies which annually make pilgrimages to the battlefields of the First World War and certainly add a new dimension and interest to their visits to the Western Front.

Peter Oldham is uniquely qualified to write this book. He has a special interest in defence strategies and tactics of the First World War, ranging from the grand planning and organization of defence schemes to the parts played by the sapper who dug the trench and the tommy who has to man it. Having studied the evolution and changing theories of fixed and elastic systems, he then researched the part played by permanent fortifications and shell-proof protection for troops and services. His understanding of the problems of the supply and use of building and concreting materials is unrivalled. As a concrete technologist, he has spent twenty-five years testing and producing concrete materials and structures.

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BerichtGeplaatst: 04 Dec 2010 20:47    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Dank voor het signaleren! Gaat op de bestellijst.
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BerichtGeplaatst: 08 Jan 2011 14:08    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Release 17 Feb.

En bij Amazon £9.09
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BerichtGeplaatst: 08 Feb 2011 19:24    Onderwerp: Besteld Reageer met quote

Bedankt voor de tip. Ik heb het boek besteld om me te helpen bij het bouwen van een oorlogslandschap. De bunkers in de bouwdozen zijn meestal Atlantikwall bunkers en dat past niet echt in de eerste wereldoorlog. Zelf maken zal het dus worden en daar kan nhet boek goed bij helpen.
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BerichtGeplaatst: 12 Aug 2011 16:55    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Title: Pill Boxes on the Western Front
Author: Peter Oldham
Publisher: Pen and Sword Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-84884-439-1

Quote:
'A guide to the design, construction and use of concrete Pill Boxes, 1914-1918'

This is the new paperback edition of a book originally published back in 1995. The author had a career as a concrete technologist, and maybe no surprise therefore that he took an interest in the development of Pill Boxes as we came to call them, or MEBUs as the Germans referred to them (Mannschafts-Eisen-Beton-Unterstand = reinforced concrete shelter for troops to stand under).

I suspect that many like myself will often associate the concrete Pill Box with those we see here in Britain that date from WW2, or those of the German Atlantic Wall, and the Siegfried and Maginot lines. In fact there were huge numbers used in WW1, and some of those that survive today could well be mistaken by the casual visitor as something from WW2. Although we think of the static Trench Warfare of the years of WW1, it was originally seen as a war of movement, one which didn't happen, and we didn't pay too much attention to fixed defence positions at first. It was the German army that first took best advantage of using concrete shelters for their troops, to protect them against artillery and machine gun fire. Once the British and French realised how effective they were, both as troop shelters and machine gun posiitions, so we investigated those we did capture, and began building more of our own. As the war progressed, so the technology of the designs, and the protection they offered, was improved.

Peter Oldham has written a really interesting and readable book about their development during the course of the war, one might say their evolution. Building work in the front line attracted attention and invited attack, so camouflage and simpler construction methods, such as pre-cast sections or building them from blocks were all widely used. Only further back could large scale concrete construction go ahead unhindered. Then as the lines did move after an offensive, captured pill boxes would be 'converted' by the new owners, often being reversed as doors usually faced away from thee enemy, so once captured needed to be sealed and a new entry opened in the opposite side.

The book is well illustrated thoughout, with sketches of the different types of construction, cross-sections showing how they were made up, period photos along with many photos from recent years showing the remains of those that can still be found today, though they are still disappearing on a regular basis as they deteriorate or are demolished to make way for new construction. It is broken down into 7 chapters, covering Development, the early work and evolution of the cement, then Solid Defence as Germany started constructing permanent defences and how geological services and materials supply became established by both sides. Then the British Findings as they studied what they captured on the Somme, and mention of studies and reports, a couple of which are reproduced as appendices in the book. Then the Difficult Conditions encountered in construction, and the use of pre-cast blocks. The External and Internal issues are dealt with, such as camouflage outside and the comfort and safety of those inside, as well as the work involved in turning a bunker around. Towards the end, major works in the Defence Lines are tackled, before a final section on Coastal Defences both here in the UK and on the Belgian Coast by the Germans. These are all followed by a useful Gazetteer, describing where a number of remaining concrete pill boxes from WW1 may still be found.

As someone who has gained an interest in bunkers and pill boxes over the years, or 'lumps of old concrete' as my family refer to them as, this is a fascinating read about the early days of the military use of concrete and steel reinforments, and the changes in design to meet different objectives. Should it just be able to withstand small arms fire, or the impact of artillery rounds, as depending on that answer, different issues are involved in their design. As technology moved on during the war, so too did the technology behind the structure of reinforced concrete defences and this is a good insight into those early days.

http://www.militarymodelling.com/news/article.asp?a=8189
http://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Pill-boxes-on-the-Western-Front/p/2874/

http://www.bol.com/nl/p/engelse-boeken/pillboxes-on-the-western-front/1001004010855153/index.html
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