ligne d'arrêt

English translation: defensive line

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French term or phrase:ligne d\'arrêt
English translation:defensive line
Entered by: Venetia Valin

15:10 Jan 8, 2020
French to English translations [PRO]
Military / Defense / WWII
French term or phrase: ligne d'arrêt
Au cours de la Seconde Guerre mondiale, en octobre et novembre 1944, le massif sur le versant lorrain, ligne d’arrêt décidée par les nazis, subit de lourdes destructions urbaines et industrielles...
This is for an exhibition on the history of the Vosges Mountains. General public
Could it be a holding line or a defense line?
Thanks for your help.
Venetia Valin
France
Local time: 14:45
defensive line
Explanation:
A subsequent order by Hermann Balck, commander of the Army Group G, from 2 November 1944 stated that all German forces in the Vosges mountains were to withdraw to the pre-determined **defensive line** and the area west of it was to be destroyed and any assets like livestock and food evacuated.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Waldfest

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Note added at 2 hrs (2020-01-08 17:14:13 GMT)
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From the same article:

German forces in the Vosges mountains were ordered to establish a **defensive** position west of the ridge line of the mountains, titled the Schutzwall West (Protective Wall West).
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philgoddard
United States
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Thank you. Although "stop line" was used in Britain during WWII, defense or defensive line is specific to the Vosges mountains and is exactly what is needed in this context.
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defensive line


Explanation:
A subsequent order by Hermann Balck, commander of the Army Group G, from 2 November 1944 stated that all German forces in the Vosges mountains were to withdraw to the pre-determined **defensive line** and the area west of it was to be destroyed and any assets like livestock and food evacuated.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Waldfest

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Note added at 2 hrs (2020-01-08 17:14:13 GMT)
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From the same article:

German forces in the Vosges mountains were ordered to establish a **defensive** position west of the ridge line of the mountains, titled the Schutzwall West (Protective Wall West).

philgoddard
United States
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PRO pts in category: 16
Grading comment
Thank you. Although "stop line" was used in Britain during WWII, defense or defensive line is specific to the Vosges mountains and is exactly what is needed in this context.
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Asker: Thank you. Although "stop line" was used in Britain during WWII, defense or defensive line is specific to the Vosges mountains and is exactly what is needed in this context.


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