Maginot Line 1940: Battles on the French Frontier

Maginot Line 1940: Battles on the French Frontier


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Maginot Line 1940: Battles on the French Frontier by Marc Romanych, John White, Martin Rupp

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781846034992
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 02/23/2010
Series: Campaign
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 674,476
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Marc Romanych is a retired US Army combat arms officer. He has a BA in History from the University of Maryland and an MA in International Relations from St Mary's University. Interested in the Maginot Line since 1995, Marc has extensively explored its fortifications. He is a member of Association du P.O. de Sentzich, a Maginot Line preservation group. Marc lives near Baltimore, Maryland. The author lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

Table of Contents

Introduction 5

Chronology 6

Origins of the Campaign 8

Opposing Commanders 12

French commanders

German commanders

Opposing Armies 15

The French Army

The Wehrmach

Orders of battle

Opposing Plans 27



The Campaign 31

Fall Gelb: the opening moves

Overrun of the Ardennes defences

The capture of Fort La Fert? Battle for the Maubeuge fortifications

Fall Rot: the invasion of France

Envelopment of the Metz region

Operation Tiger: breakthrough in the Sarre

Widening the breakthrough Attacks in northern Alsace

Operation Kleiner B?r: assault across the Rhine

Aftermath 91

The Battlefields Today 93

Further Reading 94

Index 95

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