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Encyclopedia > Battle of the Siegfried Line

The Battle of the Siegfried Line was one of the final Allied campaigns1 of World War II of the Western European Campaign and details the fights on and around the Siegfried Line. The campaign ended when the Allies broke through the Siegfried Line and came to the Rhine.

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The original Siegfried line was a line of defensive forts and tank defences built by Germany along their border with France in 1916-1917 during World War I.
At the same time as the actual Siegfried Line was reactivated, small concrete "Tobruk" bunkers (named after Tobruk, the seaport in eastern Libya) were built along the border to the occupied area.
At the start of the war, the opposing troops remained behind their own defence lines, allowing the Germans to attack Czechoslovakia and Poland, and at the end of the war, the invading forces spent more time than necessary at the half-finished, now-gutted Siegfried Line, thus allowing military manoeuvres in the east.
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