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by Marc Romanych,Martin Rupp,John White

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Marc Romanych,Martin Rupp,John White
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Osprey Publishing; First Edition edition (February 23, 2010)
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Maginot Line 1940: Battles on the French Frontier. Maginot Line 1940 - Marc Romanych. Origins of the campaign

Maginot Line 1940: Battles on the French Frontier. by Marc Romanych, Martin Rupp, and John White. Origins of the campaign. The French Government built the Maginot Line in the 1930s to guard against a German invasion. As more French and British forces moved into position along the frontier, engineer and troop units hastily built concrete blockhouses and field fortifications to supplement and extend existing defences. Even along the strongest sections of the Maginot Line, fortress crews added more blockhouses, barbed-wire entanglements, and anti-tank obstacles.

This book uses new maps and period photographs to tell the story of the five German operations launched against the Maginot Line.

Battles on the French Frontier - Constructed throughout the 1930s, the Maginot Line was supposed to form the ultimate defence against a . Constructed throughout the 1930s, the Maginot Line was supposed to form the ultimate defence against a German invasion of France. However, different sections of the line were built at different times and the strength of various sections varied widely. This book uses new maps and period photographs to tell the story of the five German operations launched against the Maginot Line. While the Germans were able to smash through the lightly defended section of the line along the Meuse River, at other points the line held.

by Marc Romanych, Martin Rupp, John White. Constructed throughout the 1930s, the Maginot Line was supposed to form the ultimate defense against a German invasion of France. During their Blitzkrieg invasion, the Germans were able to identify these weak points and focus their attacks against them.

Maginot Line 1940 book. Many of the Maginot fortifications still sit on the French frontier, frozen in time.

While the Maginot Line was a help to the French, it did have several weaknesses. Its highly recommended to all who want to learn about the battles of the French frontier or have an interest in great maps and photos of the campaign. First the forts didn't have enough firepower; the Germans were able to stand back and shell the forts with impunity for days with their big guns which had greater range. 11 people found this helpful.

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. Read full description. See details and exclusions. Maginot Line 1940: Battles on the French Frontier by Marc Romanych, Martin Rupp (Paperback, 2010). Brand new: lowest price.

Although ultimately the Maginot Line was to prove a failure, the stiff resistance put up by some of the fortresses confirms the fighting ability of th. .

Read Maginot Line 1940, by Marc Romanych, Martin Rupp online on Bookmate – Constructed throughout the 1930s, the Maginot Line was supposed to form the ultimate defence against a German invasion of . Although ultimately the Maginot Line was to prove a failure, the stiff resistance put up by some of the fortresses confirms the fighting ability of the French army during the invasion.

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Constructed throughout the 1930s, the Maginot Line was supposed to form the ultimate defense against a German invasion of France. However, different sections of the line were built at different times and the strength of various sections varied widely. During their Blitzkrieg invasion, the Germans were able to identify these weak points and focus their attacks against them.

This book uses new maps and period photographs to tell the story of the five German operations launched against the Maginot Line during World War II (1939-1945). While the Germans were able to smash through the lightly defended section of the line along the Meuse River, the line held at other key points. Ultimately the Maginot Line proved a failure, but the stiff resistance put up by some of the fortresses confirms the fighting ability of the French army during the invasion.

  • This highly focused and highly informative book far surpassed my expectations for an Osprey Campaign. It had material that even a full size book didn't have concerning the history of the building of the fortifications, the layout and manning of those buildings and the eventual penetration of the Maginot network by the Germans.
    The coverage, in typical Osprey format, was concise, informative and logical. In the introductory chapters, the brief history of the Maginot fortifications is discussed. As the "Phoney War" with Great Britain progresses, the authors discuss the French manning the Line as well as the mobilization of its reserves. At the same time, the Germans spent a lot of time studying the best way to conquer their old adversary.

    Opposing Commanders lists the four top officers of each side. It was adequate but this was the only chapter in the book that I wished for more information. It would have been nice to have greater coverage of the French Commanders but space was a limiting factor.
    Opposing Armies was excellent, especially the French side when describing the disposition of troops in the different fortifications as well as surrounding areas along the line. A spreadsheet was also presented of each Order of Battle, helping to understand the combatants.
    A Chronology summarized the key events of the campaign.

    The authors devoted 61 pages to the campaign and the coverage was very detailed and from my perspective one of the best in the entire series. There were 58 forts along the line but not all fort fighting was covered but all the key forts that had an impact of the German penetration were covered. There were some forts that were still held by the French at the time of the surrender; the Germans decided it wasn't necessary to capture all forts to win the war. The maps and illustrations highlight the key battles.

    In aftermath the authors give their appraisal of the war. While the Maginot Line was a help to the French, it did have several weaknesses. First the forts didn't have enough firepower; the Germans were able to stand back and shell the forts with impunity for days with their big guns which had greater range. Another weakness was the lack of antiaircraft fire which allowed the Luftwaffe to attack at will from the air. It was also shown that the poor disposition of the French troops along the line contributed to their loss. The French and their Allies suffered approx 90,000 dead, 200,000 wounded and 1.9 million men were POWs. These figures were missing from the text and a minor omission by the authors.

    There were six excellent 2-D maps and three 3-D maps. The 2D maps were extremely well drawn and were very helpful in following the narrative. The maps were of: the Overview of the campaign, 10 May - 25 June 1940; the Overrun of the Ardennes defenses, 12-16 May 1940; Battle for the Mauberge fortifications, 12-27 May 1940; Envelopment of the Metz region, 10-21 June 1940; Operation Tiger, 14-16 June 1940; Attacks in Alsace, 15-21 June 1940. The three 3-D maps are the Battle for Fort La Ferte, 16-19 May 1940; Infantry attack on Fortress Fermont, 21 June 1940; Assault across the Rhine near Kunheim, 15 June 1940. The maps were well populated with key towns and rivers and showed troop dispositions, axes of advance and clear points of penetration on the front line.
    The three battle scenes include the assault on Fort La Ferte, 18 May 1940; the end of Fort Kerfent, 21 June 1940; the fight for casemate Oberroedern-Nord, 20 June 1940. The maps and artwork were awesome!!

    The many photos were also interesting; many of which were of the different casemates. You didn't have to be told, you could see by the photos that the German Hi-Velocity 88 Flak Gun played an important part in penetrating the Maginot line. It was more effective in breaching the walls than some of the bigger guns.
    This was an interesting book that I learned a lot from. Its highly recommended to all who want to learn about the battles of the French frontier or have an interest in great maps and photos of the campaign.

  • This book is written in military style and prose which, many readers, such as myself, will appreciate. The "Order of Battle" for both the opposing forces is welcomed as well as the excellent maps (~8). There is a symbol chart of unit designations which is a must for non-military readers. The art work depicting key moments of the battles add a careful yet accurate touch which reminds us that real young men suffered here although it has been still for nearly 75 years. I consider this book a necessary addition for the libraries of students and historians of the Battle for France in 1940.
    Kermit R. Mercer

  • This is an excellent, concise book on the Maginot Line, its history, why the French built it, its strengths and weaknesses. Authors Romanych and Rupp spell out the French and German Armies, commanders and plans for the German attack on France in 1940. The majority of the German attack found a gap in the Maginot Line and raced through it to defeat the French in six weeks. Some attacks were made against the 1930's fortresses and those battles are told here.

    Plenty of B&W photos, maps, 3-D illustrations help the reader understand what the fortification line really looked like. It was never an unbroken chain, but a series of forts built at key places to provide mutual fire support. Take out one, and the line begins to unravel.

    The Germans were most successful when they used the 88 mm Anti Aircraft cannon in direct fire mode against the concrete bunkers and armored cupolas. The Germans showed the forts could be attacked and defeated with the correct tactics and weapons, sometimes at heavy costs.

    One thing surprised me - there were no cut-aways showing the inside of the major blockhouses or casemates. But the illustrations that are there more than make up for this one missing piece. I'm lucky enough to have seen some of these blockhouses - they size and effort put into them is incredible - almost as much as the battles fought in 1940. Even if the Germans had attacked head long into the Maginot Line, they would have still won, but at a much greater price.

    Highly recommended reading to fill a gap not addressed elsewhere. I think all students of WW2 will enjoy this very much as well as anyone with an interest in fortifications.

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  • Great book!

  • Truly Excellent book !!! Describing in detail lesser known part of Fall Gelb operation with lots of previously unpublished pictures and many maps showing how the operations progressed !!!!
    It would be nice addition to anybody interested on the subject !!! Highly recomended !!!

  • Often the "forgotten story" of the 1940 campaign. The detail on each attack on forts, fortresses and fortified regions is much appreciated.

  • nice book