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Modern Marvels The Maginot Line DVD

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  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Run Time: 50 Minutes
  • Region: Region 1 Region?
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Language: English
  • Studio: History Channel
  • DVD Release Date: September 18, 2000
Go inside the ambitious fortifications that nevertheless failed to protect France from Nazi aggression.

In the years after World War I, the military leaders of France, unconvinced that the conditions of the Versailles treaty would prevent future aggression, decided to develop a way to defend their nation from possible German invasion. The solution arrived at was a string of small and large forts stretching from Dunkirk into the Alps.

Named for the French Minister of War, THE MAGINOT LINE was designed to be a stopgap--to hold back invading troops until the French Army could arrive and engage the enemy. But with human resources depleted and tours of duty at an all-time low, the French soon began to think of the line as a substitute for manpower. It was a disastrous assumption, made worse by the fact that Belgian neutrality during WWII invited the Germans to flank the line, avoiding its defenses entirely.

MODERN MARVELS® travels the length of the Maginot Line, touring the impressive fortifications that utterly failed to do what their designers envisioned.

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