Pill Boxes on the Western Front: A Guide to the Design, Construction and Use of Concrete Pill Boxes, 1914-1918 Paperback – Jun 13 2011
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I have seen in many books about WW1 that the concrete was very thick, 2 feet being probably the most common figure stated, however they were in reality much thicker, up to 8-9 feet with what they called "burst layers" on top to detonate the shells before they impacted on the actual concrete.
This is what I learned, although the book itself is informative it is rather hard going. Unless you want to get down to the nitty gritty of these structures don't bother.
Often you will read in any book on the battles of WW1 that after the shelling the Germans would reappear and have their machine guns set up to mow down the attackers. This was an integral part of pillboxes which were built with firesteps.
Pictures in the book are a little low res but show the various types of pill box.