Lead: Intended to prevent an invasion from the east, the Maginot Line did not. In 1940 the Germans just went around it.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: The French were horrified by the destruction of World War I and so in the 1930s they began to build a series of underground fortifications along the German border to keep what they called “the beast that sleeps across the Rhine” from invading. The Line was named for War Minister Andre Maginot, and was built along what was considered to be the most vulnerable part of the German-French border. However the French High Command made a series of strategic errors that turned out to be fatal. These errors made the forts almost useless.

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