And the Allies never had it during the war? Would the Axis have won. I hear it’s very important.
How accurate is this?
What do you think about the assessment of the Maginot Line? Was there anything left out that would counter the author’s point? Thank you!
It made me think of castles in feudal times. Gigantic investment in static defense, but insurance that you, your family and part of your army and retinue couldn’t be defeated in detail or taken hostage. Need a secure place to live, anyway. The enemy would eventually have to go home and give up, or invest in a siege even more costly than the castle.
Once the gunpowder era came the cost of the siege went way down, and the fact that the castle is static became a liability–its difficult to miss and rate of fire doesn’t matter so much. There were still a lot of castles at that point, there still are.
Battleships or tanks might be other good examples, at the point in history they became most vulnerable, they were commonplace.
Great final quote.
@superbattleshipyamato The Maginot Line can not be described as a complete failure. The germans were forced to cross an extremely wooded area and cross many rivers over pontoons that would have been extremely vulnerable to air attack and better counterattack. There were parts of the line that were not taken until the French surrendered. The line bought French a lot of time for them to be ready to react to Germany’s attack. The fall of France can not be attributed to one point of failure, you can point to the French’s lack of agressiveness when the Ruhr valley was re-occupied, the lack of radios in French tanks, and the civilian population clogging up roads hurting their mobility. Poor Leadership.
Was the Magionet Line the best choice? We’ll never know
In hind sight it’s cost looks ridiculous. Also consider French’s demographics, they had a lower population then Germany and wanted to invest in Static defenses that would allow them to fight a defensive war that so they wouldn’t need to lose as many men as they lost in WW1
If the French had combined the Magionet Line with an ability to counter attack the Nazi spearhead of the blitzkrieg they could have encircled and destroyed the mechanized and tank divisions unsupported by infantry…
It’s all counterfactual
The same website (maybe a different author) posted this as well:
Thank you for responding!