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The Maginot Line: A poem about misplaced faith
Posted by lostcerebellum, Sep 12, 2008. 2615 views. ID = 1703

The Maginot Line

Posted by lostcerebellum, Sep 12, 2008. 2615 views. ID = 1703
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I’m pretty sure almost no one will know what the Maginot Line is, unless they’re as old as I am, or paid really good attention in school. Probably they don’t even teach about it in school anymore. But maybe there’s a history buff out there who will understand what this is about. For the rest of you, a quick synopsis. Prior to World War 2, France expected a German invasion, so they spent several billion dollars (in francs) to build a ten mile wide system of defenses along the French/German border. The German answer was to go around it. You can find some good pictures of the defense system on the internet, since the Germans didn’t have to destroy it to invade France. It’s quite interesting.
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There’s a line that was drawn to defend from a foe,
Built of concrete and steel, layered row upon row.

With machine gun and cannon and bunker and mine,
No expenses were spared in this splendid design.

But alas, all the planning was less than ideal.
Like Achilles, it too had a vincible heel.

Though the line didn’t yield or collapse from a blow,
Still, the world kind of laughs at the word “Maginot.”

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Sep 12, 2008
If I recall correctly, it didn't work because the country that they were making it with declared itself neutral.
   ~Posted by Mathax, Sep 12, 2008

Josiah T.
Sep 12, 2008
haha... I've heard of it, and no, I'm not as old as you are, nor have I studied it in school... :-)
   ~Posted by Josiah T., Sep 12, 2008

Sylvan Sylph
Sep 14, 2008
In response to Mathax:
Actually, while Belgium, the neighboring country that Germany invaded, was neutral that wasn't the problem. Belgium didn't let Germany just walk into their country. Germany broke through the Belgian defenses at their strongest point and went around the French fortifications.

The real problem the French had was in remaining stuck in a mindset that was no longer useful and in relying on another country for the defense of their own.
   ~Posted by Sylvan Sylph, Sep 14, 2008

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