Lead: The French were determined that it should never happen again. They would prevent a repeat of the carnage of the Great War by keeping the Germans out.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Over a million Frenchmen died in World War I, northeastern France was devastated by four years of fire and bloody battle, and the nation was a financial corpse. Two times in fifty years German armies had boiled across the eastern border, first time in victory, second in defeat, both times inflicted horrific damage to life, property and French pride. Plus jamais ça., Frenchmen said, "never again." They set out to build a wall so formidable, so impregnable, that their Teutonic neighbors in the east surely would come to bitter grief trying to breech it.

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