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Maginot Line (măzh´Ĭnō, Fr. mäzhēnō´), system of fortifications along the eastern frontier of France, extending from the Swiss border to the Belgian. It was named for André Maginot, who was French minister of war (1929–32) and who directed its construction. Although considered impregnable, the line was still not complete at the outbreak (1939) of World War II. Its actual strength was never tested, for the line was flanked by the Germans in their French campaign of 1940. Like fortified lines since the Great Wall of China, the chief effect it had was to create a false sense of security; it could not eliminate the necessity for mobile warfare, and that particular lesson was thoroughly learned after the French collapse of 1940.

See V. Rowe, The Great Wall of France (1959); J. M. Hughes, To the Maginot Line (1971).

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Maginot Line

Maginot Line French fortifications on the border with Germany. Designed to prevent a German invasion, it was built between the World Wars and named after André Maginot, French minister of war (1929–32). It contained its own underground railway, hospitals and barracks, and was considered impregnable. When the Germans invaded France in 1940, they advanced through Belgium and outflanked the Maginot Line.

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Maginot Line a system of fortifications constructed by the French along their eastern border between 1929 and 1934, widely considered impregnable, but outflanked by German forces in 1940. It was named after André Maginot (1877–1932), a French minister of war. The Maginot Line may now be referred to allusively to indicate a preoccupation with what is an illusory means of defence.

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