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Community #1 Posted 26 October 2014 - 03:27 PM

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Interested in the biggest, most impressive defense structures? Check out our Top 3 Fortified Areas in Europe!

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wsatnutter #2 Posted 26 October 2014 - 03:45 PM

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biggest fortified area in Europe is my wifes purse you have no chance of penetrating :teethhappy:

Ulfhedinn_ #3 Posted 26 October 2014 - 03:55 PM

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Really interesting video and impressive that WG are doing stuff like this :-) Ty for posting it.

 

But wasn't the Atlantic Wall the biggest / longest defensive structure ever? And best ever is definitely the English channel, God dug that and it's stopped lots of dodgy mean nasty people in WW2 & before it too, Spanish Armada, Napoleon etc. Doesn't work very well anymore though :-(



The_Challenger #4 Posted 26 October 2014 - 04:02 PM

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View Postwsatnutter, on 26 October 2014 - 02:45 PM, said:

biggest fortified area in Europe is my wifes purse you have no chance of penetrating :teethhappy:

 

My favourite comment :smile:

guest273 #5 Posted 26 October 2014 - 04:42 PM

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I thought they would rank the fortified positions in the end by all 3 factors combined...

View PostThe_Challenger, on 26 October 2014 - 03:02 PM, said:

 

My favourite comment :smile:

From the 2 comments existing... :teethhappy:



Ulfhedinn_ #6 Posted 26 October 2014 - 04:55 PM

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View Postguest273, on 26 October 2014 - 03:42 PM, said:

From the 2 comments existing... :teethhappy:

 

And I guess my comment was too anti-social to compete... :sceptic:

Edited by Maxmk6, 26 October 2014 - 05:41 PM.


TheR3dBaron #7 Posted 26 October 2014 - 04:57 PM

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I learned something today. Thanks for the information.

Hyyppa #8 Posted 26 October 2014 - 05:24 PM

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Interesting video, although I slightly wonder how successful the 22nd Karelia Fortified Area actually was. It only faced the Finnish Army with no intention of ever breaching it so it wasn't subjected to any attacks. Finnish Army reached their old border and were ordered to stop advancing. The line stopped an enemy who had achieved their goals and was reluctant to continue. I don't really see how it was successful when it wasn't even tested at any point.

Captain_Useless #9 Posted 26 October 2014 - 06:08 PM

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Good, but you could at least briefly mention the Mannerheim Line.

Leutnant_Kramer #10 Posted 26 October 2014 - 06:17 PM

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Too bad you left out two fairly remarkable defensive lines:The Atlantic Wall (major fortifications of ports, fortified coasts from France to Norway (especially the French channel region), long, expensive, breached in a day

And the Mannerheim Line in southern Finland, cheap, rather short, mostly field fortifications, repelled the invading (and far superior) Red Army for two months in the Winter War.

Nonetheless an interesting video.



CroPanzer #11 Posted 26 October 2014 - 06:24 PM

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Man, I though it was going to be about Albania and their bunkers :teethhappy:

ClassicFrog #12 Posted 26 October 2014 - 07:00 PM

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View PostMaxmk6, on 26 October 2014 - 02:55 PM, said:

But wasn't the Atlantic Wall the biggest / longest defensive structure ever?

 

I thought the same thing.

 

Strange they didn't mention it at all. It was over 5000 kilometres long, had complex defences, including concrete bunkers and artillery, it actually saw combat and proved to be quite an obstacle requiring major force and specialised equipment and extensive planning to overcome it, even though it did not last long.

 

If they really wanted to pick only 3, they probably should drop the Siegfried Line and put the Atlantic Wall instead.


Edited by ClassicFrog, 26 October 2014 - 07:01 PM.


The_Boot #13 Posted 26 October 2014 - 07:20 PM

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great video well worth a watch, need to have a mooch round them now. throw in a few tank museums on the way for good measure. dust off the camper van...

great_kahn #14 Posted 26 October 2014 - 08:27 PM

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ClassicFrog #15 Posted 26 October 2014 - 10:52 PM

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View Postgreat_kahn, on 26 October 2014 - 07:27 PM, said:

 

Technological complexity: 0

Effectiveness: Never saw action.

Length: Roughly 10 miles East and West from Dover, making it something like 32 kilometres.

 

Final verdict: Do not qualify.



TheR3dBaron #16 Posted 27 October 2014 - 08:02 AM

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Correct me if I'm wrong, but the Atlantic Wall wasn't really designed to stop tanks. Probably the reason why it didn't make it to the video.

Kupniula #17 Posted 27 October 2014 - 10:28 AM

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No information about Atlantic Wall (biggest ever) and Mannerheim Line (line that I think did more then all others together, tiny fin army vs ussr was defending it for few months...). Other thing is that "stalin's line" was build after war with Poland (1919-1921) witch Russians lose, so the line was mainly to defend against Poland not France and UK. Line it self was on border of Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Poland and Romania. Map that was used in this short movie is from present times. Before II WW countries had other borders then currently so the line it self was on the border with other countries, not in the middle of russia or other countries.

trioxine245 #18 Posted 27 October 2014 - 07:01 PM

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At 8.43 the narrator is telling about german fortifications in de Siegfried line , but the video shows het Belgian Fortress of Eben-Emael , the fortress was part of The position fortifiée de Liège (the first line) it also show casemate vise 2 wich is on top of the fortress 

 

https://www.google.n...414519266104543



ClassicFrog #19 Posted 27 October 2014 - 07:26 PM

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View PostTheR3dBaron, on 27 October 2014 - 07:02 AM, said:

Correct me if I'm wrong, but the Atlantic Wall wasn't really designed to stop tanks. Probably the reason why it didn't make it to the video.

 

There were anti tank installations just as well naturally.

 

It is only logical to assume that if/when invasion comes it will be supported by armoured vehicles, and it would be a pretty good idea to try to stop them from breaking through to spread havoc inland.



sword_of_Damocles #20 Posted 28 October 2014 - 05:52 PM

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Nice vid.Hope for more




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