What was the line in France bypassed by the Germans?
The Maginot Line was built by the French in the 1930's to provide a physical barrier between Germany and France. Unfortunately for the French, when the Germans attacked France in May 1940, they bypassed the Maginot Line and attacked in mass in the Ardennes Forest. That shocked the French and led to their quick defeat the following month.
Several reasons. French defences relied heavily on the Maginot line, which was fortified on the German border, but not the Belgian border. The Germans simply bypassed it by going through Belgium. The French viewed armour as an infantry support tool, and, even though they had more powerful tanks than the Germans, the French tanks were deployed piecemeal against massive German armoured formations German propaganda had created a large base of sympathisers in France The Germans…
During WWII, the demarcation line (or green line, as it was drawed in green on the map), was the limit between the northern and western part of France, occupied by German troops, and the "free zone" which was not occupied. The demarcation line disappeared in Nov. 1942 when the Germans decided to occupy all of France.
Hmm. Not sure if this is what you mean. The Maginot Line was the defensive line of forts and bunkers that France built along its border with Germany after WW1. France thought Maginot Line would protect them from another invasion by Germany. However, the Germans simple attacked through Belgium and went around the forts.
They concentrated most of there military on a long strip of land called the maginot line. The Germans first made a diversion on the upper half of the maginot line to draw the french away from the bottom half. Then they attacked the bottom using blitzkrieg and cut off multiple sections of the maginot line. Other than that, the french had no other defense against the germans.
Poland was invaded & seized in September 1939 in the east. Denmark & Norway were invaded & seized in April 1940 in the north. In the west, the Germans invaded & seized the Netherlands (Holland), Belgium and Luxemburg as part of the attack on France in May 1940. In that way, the Germans were able to out-flank the French Maginot Defensive Line.
France set up a wall, called the Maginot Line, between itself and Germany after World War I to prevent a future invasion. At the start of World War II, Germany strategically attacked Belgium to advance south to France in order to bypass the Maginot Line. France thought the forest between France and Belgium was impenetrable, but the Germans proved the French wrong. German soldiers poured into France and the French were defeated.
The part of France that was temporarily unoccupied. Vichy France - When France surrendered, it agreed to occupation by the Germans. The Germans allowed part of France to be under their control but still governed by the Frence people. Their seat of government was located at Vichy France, thus the name.
The French were expecting the trench warfare of WW1 again, had built the ultimate "trench" the Maginot Line, and when the Germans bypassed it with Panzer tanks the French did not know what to do and became fatalistic. The French ultimately decided to save lives and surrender instead of continuing to fight. The British had the Channel which the Germans could not bypass. This made the German Panzer tanks useless and transformed the war entirely…