4.) Maginot Line

  • 12/28/2018 12:00 AM
  • Source: AAN
  • by: AAN Staff
After Adolf Hitler came to power, Winston Churchill famously said, "Thank God for the French Army."

Unfortunately, the French, still reeling from their losses in the trenches, did not learn the lessons of the First World War.

Coinciding with the Nazis' rapid militarization, Minister of War André Maginot order the construction of a massive series of fortifications along the German border, complete with state-of-the-art, underground garrisons connected by subway.

The defenses would pin down the "Huns" until the French Army could mobilize for a counterattack.

While the wall would've stopped the German Army, there was one problem. It only extended a few miles past the German frontier.

Most of Northern France shares a border with Belgium.

In the end, German panzers merely wheeled around the defenses, out of range of French guns. 

Encircled, with no hope of rescue, the starving garrisons on the line surrendered in six weeks.

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