Festung Stavanger - English Info:

Preface

1.Historical Introduction

  • 1.1 Attack on Norway / Occupation "Operation Weserübung"
  • 1.2 Stavanger occupation Securing the airfield
  • 1.3 Stavanger war-diary
  • 1.4 Civilian Life

2. Building the Atlantikwall in Norway

  • 2.1 Building the Atlantikwall / the Atlantic Wall in Norway
  • 2.2 The Organisation Todt / the Einsatzgruppe Wiking
  • 2.3 The fortress engineers
  • 2.4 Explanations about the Atlantic Wall
  • 2.5 Structure of the defence
  • 2.6 The different types of fortification

3. Fortress stavanger

  • 3.1 Territorial Abschnitt Stavanger
  • 3.2 Building "Festung Stavanger"
  • 3.3 Fortress commander "Festung Stavanger"
  • 3.4 Defence of the city
  • 3.5 Occupation unit 274. I.D.
  • 3.6 Panzerkompanie Stavanger
  • 3.7 Camps
  • 3.8 Medical service

4. Airfields / Descriptions

  • 4.1 Sola
  • 4.2 Sola-See
  • 4.3 Löwenstraße and surroundings
  • 4.4 Forus
  • 4.5 Luftwaffe units / aircrafts
  • 4.6 Jafü Norwegen / Luftnachrichtentruppe
  • 4.7 Radarstation 'Wacholder'
  • 4.8 Flak / anti aircraft

5. Descriptions of HKB / MKB / Stützpunkte / WN of the Festung Stavanger

6. Buildings

  • 6.1 Regelbauten
  • 6.2 Vf structures
  • 6.3 Special constructions
  • 6.3 Ringstands
  • 6.4 Splitterschutzboxen

7. Weapons

  • 7.1 Artillery
  • 7.2 anti tank / LAG
  • 7.3 anti aircarft guns
  • 7.4 Infantery weapons

8. Epilogue / words of thanks / the authors

  • 8.1 The authors
  • 8.2 Thanks

9. sources

  • 9.1 Explanations / abbreviations
  • 9.2 Sources (books / pictures / maps / documents)

On April, the 9th 1940 , the german army captured the strategically important airfield of Sola, outside Stavanger in southwestern Norway . Even from this first day, the occupation forces were allmost certain that a British attempt to capture the airport would come, sooner or later. Those thoughts lead to the wish to fortify the whole region in order to beat an enemy attack.

To prepare the defence of the airport, a “Festungpionierstab” was brought in. By 1943, Stavanger became one of the 13 locations in Norway which were given the title and rank “Festung”, which was the highest possible status of importance regarding defence.

The authors of the book “Festung Stavanger” have gathered information about all aspects of this defence, and what`s left to see today. The book contains 56 coloured maps with locations and descriptions of strongpoints. The 9 chapters are filled with over 250 photos, 100 of them original photos from 1940-45, as well as 38 drawings of several bunkers and underground systems never published or accessed by public before.

Within all this technical info, detailed information and armament of the units located in each strongpoint from all the branches of the former “Wehrmacht” are added. Examples of these units are 274. Infanterie Division, “Jagdführer” Norwegen, Marine Artillerie Abteilung 503. In addition, you will find articles on other used tanks, planes, radars, coastal artillery, WPG (Wärmepeilgerät) and much more.

The book comes as a multi language version with German, English and Norwegian text.

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