Maginot Line 1940: Battles on the French Frontier

Maginot Line 1940: Battles on the French Frontier

by Marc Romanych, John White, Martin Rupp
     
 

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Constructed during the 1930s, the Maginot Line was supposed to form the ultimate defence against a German invasion of France. But the strength of the Line varied widely, and during the assault on France in May 1940 the Germans were able to identify its weak points and focus their attacks against them. While the invading army was able to smash through the lightly

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Constructed during the 1930s, the Maginot Line was supposed to form the ultimate defence against a German invasion of France. But the strength of the Line varied widely, and during the assault on France in May 1940 the Germans were able to identify its weak points and focus their attacks against them. While the invading army was able to smash through the lightly defended section along the river Meuse, at other points the Line held. Although the Maginot Line was to prove a strategic failure, the stiff resistance put up by some of the fortresses was a testament to the fighting ability of the French Army. This is the story of the seven major German operations launched against the Maginot Line, and the defiant fight put up by this most famous of fortifications.

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"This valuable and eminently readable book fills an important historiographical niche, and deserves a place on the bookshelves of every student of the Second World War." -Andrew Hind, World at War (February 2010)

"This is the only relatively complete accounts in English of German operations against the Magniot Line and other defended sectors of the French northeastern front. The authors rely heavily on German sources concerning these operations presenting some details not seen in other accounts.  There are a number of new photos not used in other books and a few of the special Osprey maps." -J.E. Kauffman, Site-O / siteo.net (February 2010)

"At their best, Osprey titles can be original works of research in their own right." -Mark Stille, Global War Studies (2010)

"...this book is a must-read for any student of WWII as well as toy soldier and model figure enthusiasts seeking inspirations for dioramas." - Toy Soldier & Model Figure (April 2011)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781846034992
Publisher:
Osprey Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
02/23/2010
Series:
Campaign Series
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
746,138
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.40(d)

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