• Flak. Die Stellungen der deutschen Flugabwehr im Zweiten Weltkrieg Handbücher zur Archäologie der Neuzeit, Bd. 1

    Heavily armed allotment gardens – anti-aircraft positions in the Third Reich.

    In 1944, at the peak of the expansion of German ground-based air defence in the Second World War, over 5,200 heavy anti-aircraft batteries covered the territory of what is now the Federal Republic of Germany. In addition, there were several thousand positions for defence against low-flying aircraft and hundreds of positions for searchlights and listening and radio measuring devices.
    In contrast to the air raid shelters or the Siegfried Line, the majority of these elements that characterised the conflict landscape of the Second World War disappeared shortly after the end of the war. As a result, their investigation lies primarily in the field of archaeology, which, in conjunction with archival sources such as photographs and eyewitness accounts, provides an insight into one of the largest archaeological legacies of the Third Reich in terms of area.
    The reader is given an overview of how the fortifications functioned individually and in combination, as well as the various construction elements. In addition, there are depictions of everyday life – from routine duty to combat operations – on the positions, most of which existed for years, where the men and women of the Luftwaffe made themselves as comfortable as possible, so that some of the positions look like weekend retreats in photographs.
    170 b/w and 4 colour pictures, 27 colour photos of finds, 24 colour photos of ruins, 32 illustrations from contemporary literature, 18 colour plates, maps, b/w drawings.