The Maginot Line - A misunderstood history

Armament

The means to lash out

Infantry weapons

Light machine gun
FM 24/29 7.5mm

coupole The Manufacture d'Armes de Châtellerault proposed this light machine gun...

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Light machine gun
MAC Mle 1931 7.5mm (JM Reibel or JM)

coupole A few more than 2000 of these JM’s were used in the Maginot line, and around 85%...

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Heavy machine gun
Hotchkiss Mle 1931 13.2mm

coupole This gas operated, air-cooled, automatic weapon had a rate of fire of...

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Anti-tank/anti-infantry
Hotchkiss Canon AC Mle1934 25mm

coupole This canon was only used in some MOM and STG build blockhouses, but not in MOM and...

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Anti-tank gun
Canon AC Mle 1934 47mm

coupole This gun was used in large numbers (339) in casemates and infantry blocks of...

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Anti-tank gun
Canon AC Mle 1934 37mm

coupole This gun was mainly used in casemates of the first generation (1930-31)...

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Anti-tank/anti-infantry
Arme mixte

coupole Because the weapon was used in several types of gun positions, several versions...

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Mortar
Mortier 50mm Mle 1935

50mm mortar The need for such a weapon was made clear as early as 1931, but it was...

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Artillery

Tourelle de mitrailleuse
Retractable MG turret

coupole The MG turret had three levels, just like all the other retractable...

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Turret AM and 50mm mortar
AM weapon with a 50mm mortar

Mixed weapons turret The MG turret had three levels, just like all the other retractable...

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