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On what do I base my assumptions? The maginot line was logically flawed for several reasons which are not dependent on what time it was build. It was based on the assumption that Belgium would be a powerful ally, enough to block a German offensive. That was perhaps the greatest miscalculation and wrongful assumption in history as the Dutch army was neither an staunch ally, or a strong military power.
Also, the maginot line's very nature was to put off war. Instead of focusing on getting the war over with quickly, the French decided to put it off by hiding their nation from it. Had they focused all their resources on fighting, they might have actually fared better in WW2.
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For those who doubt the Maginot line had any value, just look where the Wehrmacht did attack in the summer of 1940, at Sedan, north of the main portion of the Line. The Maginot line did 'funnel' German attentions to where they could successfully attack. This in itself is a successful application of the fortifications. However, where the line was thin or nonexistant, there were no French or other allied mechanized units in sufficient strength or with the proper tactical doctrine to stop and defeat the Germans.
A far as massive, fixed fortifications in 1944/45 these would have been a big waste of time and money as warfare had greatly changed by then and these 'white elephants' would have only attracted massive air, engineer and artillery power and schielded them and bypassed them as happened on the coast during the invasion.
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Don't forget that WWI and WWII started the same way in Western Europe, with a massive German "left hook" through Belgium. The difference is that in 1914 the BEF could retreat as fast as the Germans could advance as both armies had to march, whereas in 1940 the Germans moved so fast that the allies couldn't retreat in an orderly fashion and regroup in order to stop the Germans. In 1914 the shattered French armies managed to regroup and halt the Germans at the battle of the Marne, in 1940 the Germans moves so fast that the French never had time to regroup. French tactics and communications were still of WWI vintage, and would have been able to stop the Germans if the Germans had also used WWI strategies.
Hitler just dusted of the 1908 Schlieffen Plan used in 1914 and succeeded because he used modern methods to achieve what the Kaiser had failed to do.