By Clayton Donnell
Following the defeat of France within the Franco-Prussian warfare of 1870-71 and the absorption of the provinces of Alsace and Lorraine into the newly shaped German Empire, the German military determined to build a fort line from Strasbourg to Luxembourg to guard their new territory and counter the nice fort approach that used to be being outfitted from Switzerland to Belgium, the center-piece of which used to be the good Moselstellung (Moselle place) of Metz/Thionville.
The castle consisted of concrete batteries that fired 10 and 15cm weapons from metal turrets, concrete barracks, infantry powerful issues with ditches defended via casemates, and urban trenches with shelters and metal remark cupolas. the complete place used to be surrounded via a large belt of barbed twine entanglements that have been defended through computing device gun and rifle positions, and hidden from the view of the attacker. Illustrated with images and entire colour cutaway art, this publication examines the layout and improvement of the fort and analyzes its use in strive against, focusing relatively at the half it performed in preserving up common Patton's 3rd Army's strengthen throughout France in 1944