[LMB] OT: Sources

Marc Wilson marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk
Sun Sep 26 20:17:50 BST 2021

On Thu, 23 Sep 2021 19:26:25 -0400, David McMillan
<skyefire at skyefire.org> wrote:

>     Similarly, I learned from a YT video sponsored by the makers of an
>online video game about WWII tanks and ships that the Maginot Line was
>/not/ in fact the joke that it is usually meme'd as[1].  Rather, it was
>what it was for very concrete reasons, and in fact did what it was
>supposed to -- the Wehrmacht never broke through it.  Unfortunately,
>Belgium provided less of a "speed bump" than the French interwar
>strategic planning had assumed.  And even then, the Germans got lucky --
>there were several times where the French nearly managed to stop their

There were genuinely planners who believed that the Germans would not be
so "unsporting" as to go via Belgium.  Oy.
-- Sir George Bidell Airy, KCB, MA, LLD, DCL, FRS, FRAS, (Astronomer Royal
of Great Britain), estimating for the Chancellor of the Exchequer the potential
 value of the "analytical engine" invented by Charles Babbage, September
15, 1842.

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