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Maginot Line Gun Turrets

Maginot Line Gun Turrets

And French gun turret development 1880–1940

  • Author: Clayton Donnell
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
  • ISBN: 1472820290
  • Category: History
  • Page: 48
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The Maginot Line was one of the most advanced networks of fortifications in history. Built in the aftermath of World War I, and stretching along the French eastern border from Belgium to Switzerland, it was designed to prevent German troops from ever setting foot on French soil again. Its primary defensive weapons were the gun turrets. Beginning development in the 1870s and improving on German designs, they were constructed out of steel wedges and could revolve and disappear from sight after firing, making them impervious to enemy bombardment. They were deadly accurate and created havoc on the German units that attacked the line during their invasion of France in 1940. This fully illustrated study will examine the technical details of the French artillery turrets. It will show the evolution of the design of the guns and turrets used in the French forts before and during World War I, then those built exclusively for the Maginot Line to give a comprehensive overview of the weapons designed to protect France from invasion.

The Maginot Line

The Maginot Line

History and Guide

  • Author: J. E. Kaufmann,H. W. Kaufmann,Patrice Lang
  • Publisher: Casemate Publishers
  • ISBN: 1848840683
  • Category: History
  • Page: 308
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"The Maginot Line, the complex system of strongpoints constructed between the world wars by the French to protect against attack from Germany, is one of the most famous, extensive and controversial defensive schemes in all military history. It stretched from Belgium to Switzerland, and from Switzerland to the Mediterranean, and it represented the most advanced and ambitious system of static defenses of its time. Much of this historic line -- with its fortresses, artillery positions, barbed-wire networks, casemates, concrete bunkers -- has survived and can be visited today ... The strategic thinking that gave rise to this enormous feat of military engineering is described, as is the planning, design, and construction of the line -- and its operational history. Each of the key sites is described in detail, and visitor information and plans are provided"--Jacket.

Fortress France

Fortress France

The Maginot Line and French Defenses in World War II

  • Author: J. E. Kaufmann,H. W. Kaufmann
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books
  • ISBN: 9780811733953
  • Category: History
  • Page: 200
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Discusses the gun-bearing fortifications and coastal defenses of France created between the world wars and challenges the premise that the defeat of France in World War II was the result of a misplaced reliance on the Maginot Line for its defense.

The Maginot Line 1928–45

The Maginot Line 1928–45

  • Author: William Allcorn
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781841766461
  • Category: History
  • Page: 64
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The Maginot Line, the massive series of fortifications built by France in the 1930s to defend its borders with Germany and Italy, is perhaps the most maligned collection of fortifications ever built. Despite being a technological marvel, and the most sophisticated and complex set of fortifications built up to that time, it failed to save France from crushing defeat in 1940. Yet there are those who argue that it accomplished exactly what it was designed to do. This book provides a concise and informative treatment of the Maginot Line, from North-East France to the Mediterranean. Packed with plans, contemporary and modern images, plus digital artwork, it presents a detailed visual exploration of this famous fortification system.

The Maginot Line

The Maginot Line

Myth and Reality

  • Author: Anthony Kemp
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780880292436
  • Category: France
  • Page: 120
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To Hell and Almost Back

To Hell and Almost Back

Life of a Seriously Disabled Wwii Veteran

  • Author: Sam Jones
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
  • ISBN: 1462878636
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 265
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These are the memoirs of a Wisconsin farm boy that grew up during the Great Depression accompanied by a great drought where many of the lakes dried up and much of the Midwests farmland simply blew away. The Depression ended abruptly the year I graduated from high school when WW II was declared and I was drafted into military service where I spent 3-1/2 years. I was critically wounded and spent the first 30 hours in a morgue followed by almost 1-1/2 years in military hospitals before I was discharged as a permanently disabled veteran. Because of my disabilities, I could never be a farmer and had to go somewhere else and develop new skills so I would be able to support my family. Jobs were hard to get because at the end of the war in Europe, 12 million healthy veterans had just been discharged and the economy was in limbo while industry was converting from wartime to peacetime economy. The story deals with how I started out as an apprentice electronic technician, became an engineer through home study, worked and lived on all continents and finally became Chief of the Navigation Engineering Branch at the Federal Aviation Administration Headquarters in Washington DC. It is a story of how I dealt with serious wartime disabilities and managed to develop a productive career at the same time

Maginot Imitations

Maginot Imitations

Major Fortifications of Germany and Neighboring Countries

  • Author: J. E. Kaufmann,H. W. Kaufmann
  • Publisher: Praeger Pub Text
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: History
  • Page: 154
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The first book in English to consider these fortifications in detail, this book describes the major fortified lines built during the 1930s in Germany and neighboring nations in response to France's construction of the Maginot Line. Using drawings and descriptions, the authors assess the military necessity and usefulness--or lack thereof--of these popular fortifications. Many designers attempted to copy some of the better-known features of the Maginot Line, but often the defenses consisted more of propaganda than of concrete and steel. Nonetheless, when Germany stood poised to attack, the fate of Europe hung on these fortified lines.

A Guide to the Fortifications of Northwestern Europe

A Guide to the Fortifications of Northwestern Europe

How to Find Examples of Gunpowder Fortifications in Belgium, Northern France, Part of Denmark, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and West Germany

  • Author: William Allcorn
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780907809029
  • Category: Europe
  • Page: 88
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Military History Journal

Military History Journal

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Africa, Southern
  • Page: N.A
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Maginot of the Line

Maginot of the Line

  • Author: Pierre Belperron
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Cabinet officers
  • Page: 124
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A biography of André Maginot including a short descript ion of the Maginot Line and the life in it.