Maginot Line 1940

Maginot Line 1940

Battles on the French Frontier

Campaign 218
  • Author: Marc Romanych, Martin Rupp
  • Illustrator: John White
  • Short code: CAM 218
  • Publication Date: 10 Feb 2010
  • Number of Pages: 96
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Constructed throughout the 1930s, the Maginot Line was supposed to form the ultimate defence against a German invasion of France. However, different sections of the line were built at different times and the strength of various sections varied widely. During their Blitzkrieg invasion, the Germans were able to identify these weak points and focus their attacks against them. This book uses new maps and period photographs to tell the story of the five German operations launched against the Maginot Line. While the Germans were able to smash through the lightly defended section of the line along the Meuse River, at other points the line held. Although ultimately the Maginot Line was to prove a failure, the stiff resistance put up by some of the fortresses confirms the fighting ability of the French army during the invasion.

Biographical Note

Marc Romanych is a retired US Army combat arms officer. He has a BA in History from the University of Maryland and an MA in International Relations from St Mary's University. Interested in the Maginot Line since 1995, Marc has extensively explored its fortifications. He is a member of Association du P.O. de Sentzich, a Maginot Line preservation group. Marc lives near Baltimore, Maryland.Martin Rupp has a BA from the University of Applied Sciences, Saarbrücken. Since 1987, he has researched German records concerning combat operations against the Maginot Line and surveyed the battlefields upon which the battles occurred. From his findings, Martin produced an in-depth study of the German 95th and 167th Infantry Divisions' battle for Fortified Sector Faulquemont in June 1940. Martin lives in Saarbrücken, Germany.

Contents

Introduction
Chronology
Origins of the campaign
Opposing commanders
Opposing armies
Orders of battle
Opposing plans
The campaign
Aftermath
The battlefield today
Further reading
Index

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