History of the Maginot Line

Marc Halter

Date Published :
December 2011
Publisher :
Moselle River
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ISBN : 9782952309257
Pages : 48
Dimensions : 11.75 X 8.5 inches
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Contrary to what we have been told, the Maginot Line functioned perfectly and did everything that was expected of it. After the war, the Maginot Line wrongly became the ideal scapegoat for the greatest military and political disaster ever suffered by France.

Marc Halter, author of this book, removes the mysteries that have long surrounded the legend of the Maginot Line. He explains the true history of these fortifications, their genesis, their functions, their construction, and the fierce fighting that took place in Alsace-Lorraine and in the Alps. He also restores the memory of the undefeated defenders of the fortress who can be counted among the first French Resistance fighters of 1940.

Brian Chin, an American artist, brings a detailed knowledge of every aspect of this modern fortress system to his presentation of the settings and characters of this era. His realistic drawings bring us inside this closed world of concrete and reveal the secrets of this remarkable achievement.

Author of numerous articles and essays, Marc Halter is President of Fort Schoenenbourg in Alsace and an expert on the Maginot Line, which he has presented to thousands of tourists from all over the world.

Brian B. Chin has a degree in history from the University of California. He has worked in Hollywood for 20 years as artist He is the author of a book on the harbor defenses of San Francisco as well as a graphic album on the taking of a German fort at Metz in 1944.


"...rather neat history presentation."

- Military Modeling , September 2012

an innovative, informative, and very well done graphic history of the Maginot Line. It covers the impact of World War I on France, the post-war debate over securing France from further invasion, the decision to develop an elaborate system of frontier defenses, and how the rise of Fascism in Italy and then Naziism in Germany, helped confirm that decision and led to even more elaborate works. There follows a rather detailed account of how the defenses were planned and built, including short, but good explanations for various design decisions. A long section covers the life and work of the troops serving in the defenses...a useful treatment of the Maginot Line.

- NYMAS Review, October 2016