This 64 page booklet (size 21 x 19cm) deals with the history of the 40,6cm (16″) Adolf Guns SK C-34 and the coastal defence batteries in Hitlers Atlantic Wall that used these former naval guns.
The Atlantic Wall was the German fortification against invasion from the west. The wall followed the coast from the Spanish-French border in the south to the border between Norway and Russia in the north. It was an almost continuous 5000km line of defence, especially concentrated in Holland, Denmark and Norway. A total of three batteries with ten Adolf Guns, 40.6cm SK C-34, were build.
The battery at Trondenes near Harstad is the only remaining one in the world with 40.6cm guns. In addition, it is one of the best preserved fortifications in the Atlantic Wall. It has not been restored but it is intact and almost as the Germans left it after WWII. For this reason it is a unique attraction.
The chapters in the book “The Adolf Guns”
The Situation in Germany after World War I
Plan Z and the German Navy
World War II and the 40,6cm Guns
The German Coastal Artillery in Norway
Batterie Trondenes I / Trondenes
Batterie Dietl / Steigen
Batterie Schleswig – Holstein / Hel
Batterie Lindemann /Sangatte
Observation and Firre Control for the 40,6cm Batteries
Russian Prisoners of War
How many 40,6cm guns were produced?
What happened to the 40,6cm guns after World War II
Technical data for the 40,6cm guns