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A rusting anti-aircraft fort in the North Sea. A German submarine base in France. A Flak tower in a Viennese park — more than 70 years after the end of World War II, the conflict’s legacy can still be seen from Europe to Japan.

World War II Abandoned Places explores more than 100 bunkers, pillboxes, submarine bases, forts and gun emplacements from the North Sea to Okinawa. Included are defensive structures, such as the Maginot Line on France’s eastern border; a sunken U-boat off the coast of North Carolina; and the Atlantic Wall, the German-built bunkers and pillboxes strewn along the coast from Norway to Brittany. The book also includes both Hitler’s and Himmler’s Eastern Front bunkers in Poland.

But there are also more surprising legacies of the war to be found: a Nazi holiday resort on the Baltic, ruined German weather stations in the Arctic circle, the empty French village of Oradour-Sur-Glane, and disused look-out posts on America’s west coast.

From British coastal defences to the carcass of an armoured truck in the Sahara Desert and on to a sunken Japanese fighter plane in the Pacific, World War II Abandoned Places features more than 150 striking photographs from around the world.

Format: 297 x 227mm (11 3⁄4 x 9”)
Extent: 224pp
Word count: 10,000 words
Illustrations: 150 colour photographs
ISBN: 9781782745495

Author details:

Michael Kerrigan was educated at St. Edward’s College and University College, Oxford, England. He is the author of The History of Death, A Dark History: The Roman Emperors, Ancients In Their Own Words, World War II Plans That Never Happened, and American Presidents: A Dark History. He is a columnist, book reviewer, and feature writer for publications including the Scotsman and the Times Literary Supplement. Michael Kerrigan lives with his family in Edinburgh.