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  •  not the last time (1+ / 0-)
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    marty marty

    for starters, there's Hadrian's Wall in Britain begun 122 AD.

    One can argue that te Maginot Line was also an attempt to keep German army out of France, which the Germans avoided by invading through the Lowlands.

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 02:35:37 PM PDT

    •  Maginot Line was a shield and sword concept: (0+ / 0-)

      Maginot explained that since France had a smaller population it would probably fight any future war with Germany with a smaller army. The Maginot Line was designed to protect a lot of ground with a minimum of second-tier troops, allowing the remainder of the French army to take on the Germans within a somewhat constricted space.

      Maginot never expected his namesake 'wall' to win a war on its own; but after the expense of the Maginot wall, France cut short the building of an armored "sword" of tanks to battle the coming storm.

      As with the Great Wall of China, it was useful up to a point but expensive and perhaps ultimately futile.

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