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The Maginot Line 1928-45
64 page book.

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Manufacturer: Osprey Books
Stock Number: OSP FOR10
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Author: William Allcorn
Illustrators: Jeff Vanelle Vincent Boulanger

About this book
The Maginot Line, the massive series of fortifications built by France in the 1930s to defend its borders with Germany and Italy, is perhaps the most maligned collection of fortifications ever built. Despite being a technological marvel, and the most sophisticated and complex set of fortifications built up to that time, it failed to save France from crushing defeat in 1940. Yet there are those who argue that it accomplished exactly what it was designed to do. This book provides a concise and informative treatment of the Maginot Line, from North-East France to the Mediterranean. Packed with plans, contemporary and modern images, plus digital artwork, it presents a detailed visual exploration of this famous fortification system.

  • Introduction
  • Chronology
  • Historical background
  • The structure of the Maginot Line
  • The Maginot Line in peace
  • The Maginot Line at war
  • Aftermath
  • Bibliography and Further Reading
  • Glossary
  • Index
Paperback; August 2003; 64 pages; ISBN: 9781841766461

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