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Why did the French put so much faith in the Maginot Line?
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World War I had devastated northeastern France, and from this the French military concluded that in the next major war the defensive firepower of artillery and the machine gun would dominate the tactical battlefield. Consequently, France based her interwar military strategy on a defensive posture, an orientation encapsulated by the construction of the Maginot Line during 1930–1935. This orientation also reflected French reaction to the huge casualties they had suffered during World War I, which had significantly reduced the country’s adult male population.