(Left) Hayward gallery and Queen Elizabeth hall, London
(Right) Parish centre of Sainte Bernadette

Observation tower at La Corbière Jersey

Surface shelters built for a school at Southgate: total capacity 750

Control tower at at the army battery of Riva Bella on the flat mouth of the R. Orne in Normandy: blockwork was used as permanent formwork for many of the army projects

(Above) An open artillery emplacement on a beast east of Cherbourg with thin casemate superstructure. (Below) Open concrete searchlight platform

A beach flanking strongpoint in the Pas de Calais area

(Above) Personnel shelter: Utah beach. (Below) Command post with Tobruk emplacement and flanking embrasure: part of an army battery in Normandy.

One of the four casemates for the 15.2cm guns of the naval battery at Honfleur, Le Havre. As it remains today

The Longues observation post and range finder emplacement set into cliff top about two hundred metres from the line of casemates: detail design similar

Longues Naval Battery Normandy (Gold Sector): one of the four casemates for the 15.2cm guns. Camouflage: low silhouette and pitted concrete texture formed by newspaper balls set in the concrete

Naval observation post and range finder emplacement overlooking the coast near Cherbourg

Observation and fire control tower at Noirmont Point, Jersey, as it remains today: this tower was equipped with a gun platform instead of the more usual radar

(Above) Coastal observation and control tower at Les Landes, Jersey: remains of the radar equipment still visible (Below, left) Martello tower of Fort Saumarez strongpoint Guernsey: typical of the skillful German adaptation of existing fortifications (Below, right) Observation tower at La Corbière, Jersey: camouflaged with paint to resemble the masonry of the Martello towers

(Above) One of the standardised six-sided concrete pill boxes on the east coast. (Below) Local modification of pill box design

Seventh U.S. Army troops pour through the West Wall on March 26th, 1945

Dragon's teeth, Germany

(Above) View of the Garrison's quarters: accommodation was seldom as spacious as this and cramped conditions were to be a major criticism. (Below) Sun lamp session for the troops: such treatment was intended to balance their artificial light

Two of the main types of cupola used on the Line. The one on the right gave machines gun protection and observation

Casemated artillery blocks: part of the Rochonvillers
Diagram of an underground ouvrage, published in the late 1930's

Casemate flanking an anti-tank ditch, part of the Hackenberg defences

Casemate on the Maginot Line near Rohr Bach: the fluent forms of such casemates reflected both French national character and her considerable experience in the use of reinforced concrete

Medium sized casemate between Seden and Montmédy

Erection of a Weblee interlocking hut

Standard concrete pill boxes and earthwork redoubt at the mouth of the Thames Estuary during WWI

Men of the Border Regiment resting in a front line trench: Thiepval Wood 1916

One of the cupolas at Liége after it had been knocked out by German artillery, 1900 - 1914

A selection of images chosen from the book Architecture of Aggression - Military Architecture of Two World Wars | Keith Mallory and Arvid Ottar | Architectural Press

[the book is rich with diagrams, images and information - Highly recommended]

1 comment:

  1. Really interesting post!!I really like the surface shelters for the school. v eerie