Maginot line

Mar

9

1940

Inside a Maginot Line fort

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The fort cost as much as the Battleship Queen Elizabeth. The B.B.C. and every journalist in the world have tried to describe the Maginot Forts, and I can’t hope to improve on their efforts. The things which fascinated me most were the mechanisms of the cupulas, the way rate of fire can be speeded up when in a fixed emplacement so that one gun equals almost two, the arrangement for machine guns with all round traverse to be traversed at night with an adjustment of elevate and depress them in conformity with the slopes of the ground …

Jan

10

1940

Ironside visits the Maginot line

‘The actual fort we saw was a marvel of engineering. It con
tained some five hundred men under an Infantry Captain. It provided about a battery of gunfire and a company of Infantry fire with anti-tank guns. It had all kinds of packed ammunition underground and could best be described as an anchored man o’ war. 
Gas-proof, and with immense power of resistance, it still seemed 
to me vulnerable in misty weather, where no observation could 
be obtained.’