20th Century Military Archaeology Issue 1: Airfield Defences By Paul Francis
20th Century Military Archaeology is a new thematic-style part-work which we (ARG) hope will inform and encourage the reader to carry out further research and fieldwork to enhance their own knowledge.
Although still in the planning stage, it is hoped that following this one, the next eight issues will each loosely correspond to a chapter in my ‘British Military Airfield Architecture’ book, published in 1996. It is also planned to include a ‘guest’ author for each book. Other books in the series might include ‘War Diaries’, the first of which could be Northolt, followed by Scampton and then Oakington.
Each issue will be limited to 500 copies only, will only be available through AiX / ARG via this forum or its web sites or from ARG organised events. A percentage of the profit will go towards the AiX-ARG Archive and towards funding the next issue.
This first issue is Airfield Defences, containing twelve independent parts, most of which are based on old archaeology reports. Steve Thompson (cptpies) is the guest author of Issue 1.
This book is A4, perfect bound, soft cover 128 (plus eight) pages, illustrated with photos, diagrams and airfield site plans. It examines through field work and primary sources, the planning and operational aspect of airfield defence. It also includes an in-depth study based around defence schemes of RAF Shawbury and RAF Jurby plus another more general one of airfields around London.
1: World War Two Defences
2: Airfield Plans – Armed Defence & Passive Air Defence Definitions
3: Through Thick and Thin
4: Airfield Defence Scheme Organisation – RAF Shawbury
5: The Lifting & Turning Fort at RAF Middle Wallop
6: Defence of London District ADGB Aerodromes
7: Ground Defences at Exeter Airport – A Case Study
8: Commanding Officer’s Battle Headquarters & Station Control
9: FC Construction & FW3/22 Pillboxes at RAF Oakington
10: RAF Culmhead Airfield Defences – A Case Study
11: Defence of RAF Jurby
12: Defensive Fighting Positions at RAF Upper Heyford
Available now. Cost is £14.95 plus £3 postage / packing
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