Despite myriad attempts to vilify or justify its construction, the Maginot Line remains above all a paen to the historical contingency (or “shit happens”) school of analysis. It succeeded brilliantly in preventing a replay of World War I. This post takes you with us through our tour of one of the most fascinating artifacts of the Maginot Line, Fort Hackenberg.
While the extent of the great Western Front scar from the Franco-Swiss border to the English Channel can still be traced on contemporary aerial photography, very few examples of trenches sans artificial stabilization, restoration, or outright replication exist in France or Belgium. The best naturally preserved Great War trenches are in the Foret d’Apremont. Come join us as we explore the trenches of WWI.