The Siegfried Line: Yankee Ingenuity and the Futility of Fixed, Static Defenses

Discussion in 'NW Europe' started by dave500, Mar 16, 2011.

  1. dave500

    dave500 Senior Member

    I found this amusing photograph at the NARA II, College Park, MD,
    last month.

    The caption reads:

    "What was intended to be a formidable trap for advancing allied armies
    turns out to be an excellent place to dry washing. PFC Anthony Mesinko,
    Cleveland, Ohio, uses the barbed wire of the 'impregnable' Siegfried Line
    to hang out his clothes."

    Date: 15 September 1944.

    Photographer: Wescott.

    SC 194510, Credit NARA.


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  2. Bradlad

    Bradlad Senior Member

    I think it was Patton who said " fixed defences are a monument to the stupidity of man "
  3. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

  4. JonS

    JonS Member

    I think it was Patton who said " fixed defences are a monument to the stupidity of man "
    Was that before or after he bumped into - then bounced off - Metz ;)
  5. dave500

    dave500 Senior Member

  6. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Sometimes the cultural differences are quite funny Dave; I'd dare say that tune was the first thought of most Britischers seeing the picture. The song's pretty universally well known here.
    One assumes these things are the same worldwide, but so often they're not are they.
    (Though I'd guess whoever took the shot knew exactly what they were doing :D ).

  7. dave500

    dave500 Senior Member

    Adam, we are, as you noted, two nations divided by a common language and culture.

    I agree completely - no doubt, the photographer was thinking of the song at the time.

  8. adam517

    adam517 Junior Member

    The Siegfried line looks positively picturesque and calm on that photograph. No doubt a few days prior it wasn't quite the case.
  9. Peccavi

    Peccavi Senior Member

    I beleive that von Rundstedt who was charged with defending the Reich utilising the Siegfreid Line took one look at it and burst out laughing!
  10. At Home Dad (Returning)

    At Home Dad (Returning) Well-Known Member

    the tempo of this one is 'pub' and is the
    sort of pace that songs get banged out
    on the piano

    GEORGE ELRICK (issue title - DRAWING THE LINE) - British Pathe

    lol, you cant help joining in and tapping your feet at the "join in boys" bpm, I reckon!

    a shame the thread cant become a top trumps of videos,
    such a a lack of them out there..


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