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'...the fiction that Holland is a Fortress.'

'...the fiction that Holland is a Fortress.'
Author: Michels, Joost

Language: Dutch

The book describes the history and development of Dutch fortification from 1914 to 1940. It also describes what these fortifications meant for the defeat of the Dutch army in May 1940.

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New copy of book (2021) about the Dutch fortifications between 1914 and 1940 on the occasion of promotion at the University of Amsterdam, 2020. Read why it was
 a tactical blunder on the part of the Supreme Commander to leave the 
Fortress of Holland and embark on a military adventure to go into the
 weak positions in the Peel and the Grebbe. Shudder at how the process 
of fortification was organized during the mobilization.

Thorough and extensive study of the strategic landscape, inundations, casemate 
and shelter construction, especially in Vesting Holland, which was heavily
 modernized in crucial places between 1914 and 1940.
The subject of this study is the design and construction of reinforced 
concrete fortifications in the Dutch fortification system, by the "Genie", the pioneers, between 1914 and 1940. It concerns an investigation, based on 
case studies, of the nature and significance of the fortification strategy,
 as part of the overarching defense policy. The study focuses on five questions,
 which are:
1. The army command will build the fortification system according to a 
coherent and supported fortification design concept that fits in with the 
political and military strategic vision of defense in a (inter)national 
context and that played a significant role during the battle in May '40 ?
2. If so, how does the army command want to implement that concept and what 
is the organizational quality of the processes involved?
3. What is the state of fortification knowledge in this country? Is there
 innovative designs or technical originality? Are international construction 
and weapons-technical developments monitored?
4. Do the quality of those designs match the fortification concept? Is optimal 
use being made of the quality of the strategic landscape? Did the various 
parties involved in fortifications have a clear picture of that quality?
5. How is the position of the weapon of genius developing in the military 
organization? Is it, as in the previous century, a significant factor within the army?



Original title ' fictie dat Holland een vesting is.'
Vestingbouw door het wapen der genie, 1914-'40
Author Michels, Joost
Languages Dutch
Subject CF - Modern fortifications - 20th century
Period 1914-1940
Location The Netherlands
Categories Photobooks, Textual books, Drawings, Plans and maps

Hardcover edition from 2021 (€ 40.00)

BRANDNEW book - illustrated with well over 250 photos, drawings, plans and maps.

Edition 1
Pages 288
Publication date 2021
Bindings Hardcover
Format 31,5 x 22,5 cm
Price € 40.00