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.
Main entrance for troops and equipment - various shots of a casemate and wire entanglements.
Various shots of a revolving gun turret - Enceinte connecting forts-fort overlooking open country.
Several views of outside area seen form interior of a casemate - GV of several casemates - children picking flowers among wire entanglements.
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Background: 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.