Maginot Line 1940

Battles on the French Frontier

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Maginot Line 1940

Battles on the French Frontier

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Constructed throughout the 1930s, the Maginot Line was supposed to form the ultimate defense 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 during World War II (1939-1945). While the Germans were able to smash through the lightly defended section of the line along the Meuse River, the line held at other key points. Ultimately the Maginot Line proved a failure, but the stiff resistance put up by some of the fortresses confirms the fighting ability of the French army during the invasion.

Table of 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

Product details

Published Feb 23 2010
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781846034992
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 40 b/w; 52 col
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series Campaign
Short code CAM 218
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors

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Marc Romanych

Marc Romanych is a retired US Army combat arms off…

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Martin Rupp

Martin Rupp has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the…

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John White

John White was born in Knebworth, Hertfordshire, i…

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