The Maginot Line - A misunderstood history

Canon-obusier 75mm Mle 1932

Gun-howitzer (casemate mounted)

Despite the advantage of having a shorter barrel, there were some complicating matters. The mounting was of a complex nature, in order to allow recoil at maximum elevation. The complexity lay in the fact that the pivot had to be raised 65 cm’s, which made it next to impossible for the gun-crew to load the gun at small angels of elevation.
To facillitate them, a platform was build that was balanced by two counter-weights. The height of the platform was now relative (in a practical way) to the breach of the gun, no matter what the elevation was. The gunners now had easy access to the breach at any moment.

The large construction of the gun-mount necessitated a new casemate design. The facade was made narrower by placing the elevators and the shaft to the rear. Seven of these artillery casemates were built, which were equipped with three guns each. See the image on the right, nr. 2.

The model 1932 gun was not only used at the Ancient Fronts, but also at the Alpine fortifications (sometimes referred to as the small Maginot Line). Ouvrage de Restefond had two of these guns, placed in a casemate, for frontal fire.

The 75mm guns Model 1932 proved their worth during the German attacks on the Maginot Line. For example, reports indicate that the 6 guns of ouvrage du Latiremont fired 14,452 rounds until the armistice, signed on the 22nd of June 1940.

Aerial view

This is an aerial view of several combat blocs
of ouvrage Fermont.

1) Combat block 7
Armament: 2x JM Reibel, 1 x 47mm, 1x GFM cupola, 1x LG cupola

2) Combat block 4
Armament: 3x 75mm mod32, 1x GFM cupola, 1x MG turret

3) Combat block 1
Armament: 1 x 75mm mod33 turret, 1x GFM cupola, 1x LG cupola

4) Combat block 2
Armament: 1x GFM cupola, 1x LG cupola, 1x MG turret