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Maginot Line 1940: Battles on the French Frontier (Campaign) Paperback – February 23, 2010
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“This valuable and eminently readable book fills an important historiographical niche, and deserves a place on the bookshelves of every student of the Second World War.” ―Andrew Hind, World at War (February 2010)
“This is the only relatively complete accounts in English of German operations against the Magniot Line and other defended sectors of the French northeastern front. The authors rely heavily on German sources concerning these operations presenting some details not seen in other accounts. There are a number of new photos not used in other books and a few of the special Osprey maps.” ―J.E. Kauffman, Site O, siteo.net (February 2010)
“At their best, Osprey titles can be original works of research in their own right.” ―Mark Stille, Global War Studies (2010)
“...this book is a must-read for any student of WWII as well as toy soldier and model figure enthusiasts seeking inspirations for dioramas.” ―Toy Soldier & Model Figure (April 2011)
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Maginot Line 1940 begins with a brief overview of the German invasion plan (Fall Gelb or Plan Yellow), the brief French offensive into the Saar in 1939 and a campaign chronology, followed by the usual sections on opposing commanders, forces and plans. These opening sections are decent, but a bit brief, except for the 3-page order of battle.Read more ›
The coverage, in typical Osprey format, was concise, informative and logical. In the introductory chapters, the brief history of the Maginot fortifications is discussed. As the "Phoney War" with Great Britain progresses, the authors discuss the French manning the Line as well as the mobilization of its reserves. At the same time, the Germans spent a lot of time studying the best way to conquer their old adversary.
Opposing Commanders lists the four top officers of each side. It was adequate but this was the only chapter in the book that I wished for more information. It would have been nice to have greater coverage of the French Commanders but space was a limiting factor.
Opposing Armies was excellent, especially the French side when describing the disposition of troops in the different fortifications as well as surrounding areas along the line. A spreadsheet was also presented of each Order of Battle, helping to understand the combatants.
A Chronology summarized the key events of the campaign.
The authors devoted 61 pages to the campaign and the coverage was very detailed and from my perspective one of the best in the entire series. There were 58 forts along the line but not all fort fighting was covered but all the key forts that had an impact of the German penetration were covered.Read more ›
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This book is written in military style and prose which, many readers, such as myself, will appreciate. Read morePublished on January 22, 2014 by Kermit R. Mercer
Often the "forgotten story" of the 1940 campaign. The detail on each attack on forts, fortresses and fortified regions is much appreciated.Published on August 18, 2013 by greg south africa
Truly Excellent book !!! Describing in detail lesser known part of Fall Gelb operation with lots of previously unpublished pictures and many maps showing how the operations... Read morePublished on April 23, 2013 by kris
This volume is of historical interest, with many illustrations and plenty of information. Good for reference but hardly readable.Published on May 31, 2010 by NNY