Hindenburg Line

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The Hindenburg Line
Siegfriedstellung
Eastern France
Coordinates49°30′N 02°50′E / 49.500°N 2.833°E / 49.500; 2.833Coordinates: 49°30′N 02°50′E / 49.500°N 2.833°E / 49.500; 2.833
TypeFortification
Site history
Built1917 (1917)
Built byImperial German army
In use1917–1918
Materialsconcrete, steel, barbed wire
Battles/warsWorld War I

The Hindenburg Line or Siegfried Position was a system of forts built by the German Empire along the Western Front (World War I) during the winter of 1916-1917 to defend against France. After the war, the French built the similar but more elaborate Maginot Line to defend against Germany.