Maginot Insignia

 




Maginot crew members' beret badge. The badge was the official standard emblem of the Maginot Line. It depicts a standard combat block with 47 mm retractable antitank gun protruding from an embrasure; atop is a retractable trurret. These are behind a line of barbed wire. The Line's motto 'On Ne Passe Pas' (They Shall Not Pass) to the top of the badge.

Officers' version of the beret badge.

Privately produced Maginot Line badge. Individual forts, as well as fortified sectors produced their own insignia in addition to those issued officially.
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Insignia of the Alpes Maritimes sector of the Maginot Line. These were privately purchased by the crews of the forts in this sector. The standard insignia was also worn.


Insignia of the fortified sector of the Ardennes. While this was a recognised fortified sector of the Maginot Line, it consisted of little more than pillboxes. The reason for this was that the frontier directly faced Belgium and the French Government were keen to not give the impression that, in the the event of an attack, the French would abandon the Belgians. Equally, it was considered to not be feasible to operate tanks in the terrain. Ultimately, it was in this sector that the main German attack would take place.

Insignia of the 172 RIF. Along with the standard and fortified sector motifs, the regiments assigned to the Maginot Line produced their own individual badges. The 172 RIF were responsible for crewing the Rhine Barrage casemates (one of which is depicted on the badge) around the city of Strasbourg. "Je Tiendrai", the unit motto, means "I will hold". To learn more about the 172 eme please click here.




Regimental Insignia of the 174 eme. To learn more about this item please, click here.

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