Maginot Line around B i t c h e France.

Has anyone visited the Maginot Line forts/bunkers around B i t c h e France? Are they worth stopping? We are making a quick trek to St Avold France to visit my great uncle's grave and thought about stopping there afterwards on our way to Stuttgart. My husband is really into history and thought it would be neat to see. I know there are better sites up near Verdun, but it is in the opposite direction of where we are going. We will have a car.

Posted by Michael
Des Moines, IA
2155 posts

I'm sorry I don't have any first-hand experience, but I will say that the Germans didn't think it was worth a visit, so they went around it and easily defeated the French from behind. If one were into visiting strategic mistakes, then the Maginot Line would most certainly be at the top of the list. :)

Posted by Susan
Columbus, USA
67 posts

I wish there were an oh my goodness, I am so glad I was not drinking water when I read this or I would have choked from laughing so hard button. Becaues I would totally hit the button for this post:) Thanks for making my day!!!!

Posted by Nigel
East Midlands, England
8726 posts

What's funny? The Maginot Line sucked mountains of money to build and the enemy it was designed to stop went around through Luxembourg and Belgium. It wasn't funny at all. Certainly not for the Luxembourgers or the Belgians, nor the French nor the English.

Posted by Michael
Des Moines, IA
2155 posts

Lighten up, Nigel...nobody is attacking your honor (or that of England, Belgium, or any other country). Facts are facts. I seem to recall from history that the Americans had to rescue everyone (thanks) and ended up taking the Maginot Line themselves going in the other direction. There's also nothing funny about that. As an engineering feat, the Maginot Line is pretty impressive. As a strategic move, it was a ridiculous cluster flop. Let's just say that they're not studying the Maginot Line at West Point when they study the best strategic accomplishments in military history.

Posted by Susan
Columbus, USA
67 posts

Wow, I did not mean to offend. It was funny to me that Michael said that the Germans did not want to visit it... i am not trying to be flip about the history of the area, thus the reason we wanted to visit it. It has just been a really bad day, and I wanted Michael to know I appreciated his comment...thank you for the link Nigel, I will check it out.

Posted by Alexander
Manhattan, KS
277 posts

I remember when I was learning French our teacher brought home an article that read "Les fils de B i t ch e de retour." (The sons of Bit che return)
Thanks for stirring up that memory! :)

Posted by Eileen
Texan in CA
3576 posts

(shhhhhhhh, Susan, it was funny; I like dry humor, too!) The Maginot Line was a great idea - for about 14' and might have been somewhat successful maybe 100 years earlier...but the French looked great in their fancy uniforms (sigh)...gotta keep up with the times, Old Guard...

Posted by Fred
San Francisco
2684 posts

"the Old Guard".... Napoleon's Old Guard, les grognards. The Maginot Line as "ridiculous folly"....yes, we can all point to the strategic and operational mistakes of les francais, the British, the Belgians, and the Germans too, and later on, the Americans. No one is exempt.