Fortress France

The Maginot Line and French Defenses in World War II

J. E. Kaufmann, H. W. Kaufmann

Shocked by the carnage of World War I--much of which was waged on its own soil--France constructed a vast network of forts in the years before World War II. Among these was the Maginot Line, the last of the great gun-bearing fortifications, but France also built defenses along its coasts and in North Africa.
Publication date:
January 2008
Publisher :
Stackpole Books
Language:
English
Series :
Stackpole Military History Series
Illustration :
150
Format Available     Quantity Price
Paperback
ISBN : 9780811733953

Dimensions : 227 X 153 mm
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£10.95

Overview
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Shocked by the carnage of World War I--much of which was waged on its own soil--France constructed a vast network of forts in the years before World War II. Among these was the Maginot Line, the last of the great gun-bearing fortifications, but France also built defenses along its coasts and in North Africa. This fully illustrated volume describes the design and construction of these fortifications, reviews French defensive doctrine and strategy, and explains why these efforts proved unable to halt the German blitzkrieg in the spring of 1940.