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.