Maginot Imitations: Major Fortifications of Germany and Neighboring Countries

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The first book in English to consider these fortifications in detail, this book describes the major fortified lines built during the 1930s in Germany and neighboring nations in response to France's construction of the Maginot Line. Using drawings and descriptions, the authors assess the military necessity and usefulness—or lack thereof—of these popular fortifications. Many designers attempted to copy some of the better-known features of the Maginot Line, but often the defenses consisted more of propaganda than of...

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Overview

The first book in English to consider these fortifications in detail, this book describes the major fortified lines built during the 1930s in Germany and neighboring nations in response to France's construction of the Maginot Line. Using drawings and descriptions, the authors assess the military necessity and usefulness—or lack thereof—of these popular fortifications. Many designers attempted to copy some of the better-known features of the Maginot Line, but often the defenses consisted more of propaganda than of concrete and steel. Nonetheless, when Germany stood poised to attack, the fate of Europe hung on these fortified lines.

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Having written "The Maginot Line" (no date or publisher noted) the Kaufmanns turn their attention to the defensive efforts of Germany and other countries after World War I. They discuss rebuilding German defenses, fortress Czechoslovakia, the Belgian forts, the belated preparations of the Netherlands, and the defense of Swiss neutrality. They visited most of the sites they describe, and include line drawings of overall plans and details of features. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275957209
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/1997
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 1,323,073
  • Lexile: 1320L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

J. E. KAUFMANN is Adjunct Professor at Palo Alto Jr. College and a secondary school teacher.

H. W. KAUFMANN is Lecturer at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Gunther D. Reiss

Introduction

Germany: Rebuilding Defenses

The East Wall

The West Wall

The Czechs Prepare for War

Fortress Czechoslovakia

Belgium: France's Left Flank

The Belgian Forts

The Netherlands: Belated Preparations

Three Faces of Neutrality: Swiss Defenses

Conclusion

Bibliography

Index

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