French soldiers resting in a shelter of the Maginot Line defence system France January 1940
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Les rats dans les tranchées sont un fléau. Ils apportent les puces, la gale, mangent les rations et empêchent les soldats de dormir .the trenches in ww1 were infested with millions of rats. They were a problem because they spread infection and disease like the plague and contaminated the soldiers' food.
Tanks were initially called “landships.” However, in an attempt to disguise them as water storage tanks rather than as weapons, the British decided to code name them “tanks.
Andre Maginot -The defenses were first proposed by Marshal Joffre. He was opposed by modernists such as Paul Reynaud and Charles de Gaulle who favoured investment in armour and aircraft. Joffre had support from Henri Philippe Pétain, and there were a number of reports and commissions organised by the government. It was André Maginot who finally convinced the government to invest in the scheme. Maginot was another veteran of World War I; he became the French Minister of Veteran Affairs and…
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