Maginot Line at War 1939-1940

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About this Site

“If battles are the punctuation marks of history, then battlefields are the fragmentary pages on which those marks are written in blood.”
Winston Churchill (1874-1965), Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Memorial to fallen German soldiers at Barst-Cappel in the Sarre Region

Most histories of the Maginot Line either ignore the combat or simply re-circulate the same (and frequently inaccurate) accounts of the fighting.  Unfortunately, many recent histories draw heavily from old secondary sources which lack objective analysis of the battles involving the Maginot Line.  In fact, some of these supposedly “reliable” accounts have been repeated so frequently that they are now accepted as fact even when contradicted by unit reports and physical evidence in the field.

Maginot Line at War is a historical interest group that documents the combat action of the Maginot Line.  Our studies employ historical research combined with battlefield archeology and terrain analysis.  Historical sources include wartime documents and contemporary photographs of the Maginot Line.  Where it still survives, we also examine the Maginot Line and the surrounding battleground for evidence that improves our knowledge and understanding of the combat action.

We realize that warfare is a human endeavor.  While the concrete and steel of the Maginot Line are the tangible remains of the battles, it is the soldiers who fought and died that are the true story.  Maginot Line at War is dedicated to honoring their memory. 

Three French graves at Fort La Ferté

Graves of German soldiers killed in June 1940 near Hoste-Bas in the Sarre

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