Friday, 21 November 2014

French Maginot Line

 After World War 1, the French decided that something was needed to repel any future invasion by the Germans. To this end, the French Minister of War André Maginot sanctioned a huge concrete fortification alone the eastern side of France bordering France, this fortification was named after the French Minister and called the Maginot Line.

Maginot Line

The Maginot Line was built in the 1930’s due to the history of World War One and with good reason given the build up to World War 2 that was occurring.

The Maginot Line was not created to stop a German force, in fact it was solely created to hamper any progress should they decide to try and invade France allowing time to prepare and attack should an invasion occur.

In World War 1 the French pioneered defensive combat and idea of the Maginot Line was just that, the issue was that World War 2 was not going to be like the previous war due to advances in technology and thinking. The French thought that strategically, the Maginot Line would stop any force invading, what they didn’t realise was that this new line of defensive would end up being obsolete in repelling the Germans as they simply went round the Maginot Line by invading through Belgium.

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