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German Strongpoints, Eastern Front
German Strongpoints, Eastern Front
German Army Hedgehog Defense
© 2007
152 pages; 7 chapters
After being greatly depleted by the Barbarossa Trap, the German Army
wanted to run.
Hitler knew that if he listened to his panicked generals, the
German Army would be destroyed as it retreated. Therefore, he ordered
the
German Army to stand fast and spit in the eye of the millions of fresh
communist troops and thousands of tanks unleashed in the winter of 1941-
41.
German Strongpoints, Eastern Front provides an excellent run down
on the concept of
German strongpoints that was adopted in that cold
winter of the dead schwerhpunkt.  
Hitler coined the term “hedgehog” to
refer to
German strongpoints because they bristled with weaponry and
lethality.
German Strongpoints, Eastern Front includes a clear
explanation of
how German strongpoints were organized, and why and
how they chewed up and spit out tens of thousands of howling, vodka
drugged communist penal and regular troops along a line as riddled with
holes as were any German POWs that fell into commie hands.
German
Strongpoints, Eastern Front
is short, and its story is bitter, but what it has
to say, must finally be told.
Review Table of Contents
“The basic element of the fortifications of almost all the strong points, including those in the populated place, was the
extensive system of trenches with open emplacements for machine gunners, riflemen, etc. Shelters and dugouts were
located in the immediate vicinity of firing positions. In many strong points, in addition to trenches, there were a number of
emplacements built of earth and timber with light, reinforced overhead cover. In a number of cases, houses and other
buildings were also adapted for defense. The main firing positions, however, were outside the buildings, in the streets
and even in the outskirts of the populated place.
The strong points were surrounded by one, two, or three rows of wire entanglements. The entanglements were
reinforced fences on tripod trestles made of stakes in winter, or of stakes driven into the ground in summer. More
heavily protected by various antipersonnel obstacles were the strong points on the eastern and southern approaches to
the town.
Here, wire obstacles were reinforced by mines with pull-type detonators and various booby traps. The intervals between
the strong points, along the more probable routes of tanks and infantry advance, were protected by minefields.”
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