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The Maginot Line 1928-45

The Maginot LineOsprey Publishing ISBN: 9781841766461Author:William AllcornIllustrators: Jeff Vanelle Vincent BoulangerAbout this bookThe Maginot Line, the massive series of fortifications built by France in the 1930s to defendits borders with Germany and Italy, is perhaps the most maligned collection of fortifications ever built. Despite being a technological marvel, and the most sophisticated and complex set of fortifications built up to that time, it failed to save France from crushing defeat in 1940. Yet there are those who argue that it accomplished exactly what itwas designed to do. This book provides a concise and informative treatment of the Maginot Line, from North-East France to the Mediterranean. Packed with plans, contemporary and modern images, plus digital artwork, it presents a detailed visual exploration of this famous fortification system.
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Table of Contents

Introduction - Chronology - Historical background - The structure of the Maginot Line - The Maginot Line in peace - The Maginot Line at war - Aftermath - Bibliography and Further Reading - Glossary - Index

About the Author

William Allcom has a long standing interest in forts and fortifications, and over the years has visited and photographed many sites. For several years he lived in Luxembourg and Germany, which afforded him the opportunity to extensively visit and explore the heart of the Maginot Line. William has acted as a consultant for several documentary television programs on fortification related topics, and has written several articles for the journal FORT. He currently lives in Southern California. Chris Taylor was born in Newcastle, UK, but now lives in London. After attending art college in his home town, he graduated in 1995 from Bournemouth University with a degree in computer graphics. Since then he has worked in the graphics industry and is currently a freelance illustrator for various publishing companies. He has a keen interest in filmmaking and is currently co-producing a movie.

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