• Short Summary

    The Maginot Line - still preserved and partly used by the French military authorities - was visited by our cameraman, who filmed fortifications around Metz, May 25.

  • Description

    The Maginot Line - still preserved and partly used by the French military authorities - was visited by our cameraman, who filmed fortifications around Metz, May 25.

    Plans were made in France after the first world war to fortify the eastern frontier against a possible invasion by the Germans. Defenses were to run for 324 kilometres along the border, generally from 7 to 10 kilometres to the back of it, from south of Belfort near Switzerland to the Belgian border. Money was first appropriated in 1930 and the main features were completed in 1934.

    Consisting of guns in turrets, wire entanglements and mined areas, the new defenses were then of the most modern class. Their outstanding characteristic was a system of tunnels connecting the forts among themselves, with safe outlets to the rear. Each large fort consisted of several floors containing ammunition, food, sleeping quarters, hospital, supplies, offices, air conditioning equipment and telephone connections with the outside world. Forts were 165 to 200 feet in the earth.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACXK2M4ET9QC0BHIE5PGMKK2YD
    Media URN:
    VLVACXK2M4ET9QC0BHIE5PGMKK2YD
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/05/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:08:07:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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