Get it on Google Play
New! Download Unionpedia on your Android™ device!
Faster access than browser!

Siegfried Line

+ Save concept

The term Siegfried Line refers to two different German defensive lines, one during the First World War and the other during the Second World War. [1]

84 relations: Aachen, Adolf Hitler, Alfred Jodl, Allied advance from Paris to the Rhine, Alloy, Anti-aircraft warfare, Atlantic Wall, Battle of France, Battle of Hürtgen Forest, Battle of the Bulge, Besseringen B-Werk, Biotope, Brüggen, Germany, Bunker, Camouflage, Casemate, Chemical warfare, Czech hedgehog, Czechoslovak border fortifications, Defense line, Deutsche Reichsbahn, Dragon's teeth (fortification), Echternach, Eifel, Embrasure, Environmentalism, Fascism, Festungsfront Oder-Warthe-Bogen, First United States Army, France, Geilenkirchen, George S. Patton, Gerd von Rundstedt, German Empire, Germany, Gun turret, Hürtgenwald, Hindenburg Line, Hunsrück, Kleve, Limes, List of surviving elements of the Siegfried Line, Luxembourg, Maginot Line, Mentioned in dispatches, MG 34, MG 42, Molybdenum, Monschau, Monument, ..., Netherlands, Nickel, Ninth United States Army, Normandy, Normandy landings, North Rhine-Westphalia, Organisation Todt, Orscholz Switch, Phoney War, Pillbox (military), Ray Ventura, Regelbau, Reich Labour Service, Reich Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda, Rhineland, Rifleman, Roman Empire, Saar (river), Saar Offensive, Saarbrücken, Saarland, Sex, Siegfried Line Museum, Pirmasens, Steel, Switzerland, United States Army Center of Military History, Viersen, We're Going to Hang out the Washing on the Siegfried Line, Weil am Rhein, West Wall Medal, Western Front (World War I), World War I, World War II, Zweibrücken Air Base. Expand index (34 more) »


Aachen or Bad Aachen, French and traditional English: Aix-la-Chapelle, is a spa and border city.

New!!: Siegfried Line and Aachen · See more »

Adolf Hitler

Adolf Hitler (20 April 1889 – 30 April 1945) was a German politician, demagogue, and revolutionary, who was the leader of the Nazi Party (Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei; NSDAP), Chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 and Führer ("Leader") of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945.

New!!: Siegfried Line and Adolf Hitler · See more »

Alfred Jodl

Alfred Josef Ferdinand Jodl (10 May 1890 – 16 October 1946) was a German general during World War II, who served as the Chief of the Operations Staff of the Armed Forces High Command (Oberkommando der Wehrmacht).

New!!: Siegfried Line and Alfred Jodl · See more »

Allied advance from Paris to the Rhine

The Allied advance from Paris to the Rhine was a phase in the Western European Campaign of World War II.

New!!: Siegfried Line and Allied advance from Paris to the Rhine · See more »


An alloy is a combination of metals or of a metal and another element.

New!!: Siegfried Line and Alloy · See more »

Anti-aircraft warfare

Anti-aircraft warfare or counter-air defence is defined by NATO as "all measures designed to nullify or reduce the effectiveness of hostile air action."AAP-6 They include ground-and air-based weapon systems, associated sensor systems, command and control arrangements and passive measures (e.g. barrage balloons).

New!!: Siegfried Line and Anti-aircraft warfare · See more »

Atlantic Wall

The Atlantic Wall (Atlantikwall) was an extensive system of coastal defence and fortifications built by Nazi Germany between 1942 and 1944 along the coast of continental Europe and Scandinavia as a defence against an anticipated Allied invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe from the United Kingdom during World War II.

New!!: Siegfried Line and Atlantic Wall · See more »

Battle of France

The Battle of France, also known as the Fall of France, was the German invasion of France and the Low Countries during the Second World War.

New!!: Siegfried Line and Battle of France · See more »

Battle of Hürtgen Forest

The Battle of Hürtgen Forest (Schlacht im Hürtgenwald) was a series of fierce battles fought from 19 September to 16 December 1944 between American and German forces on the Western Front during World War II in the Hürtgen Forest about east of the Belgian–German border.

New!!: Siegfried Line and Battle of Hürtgen Forest · See more »

Battle of the Bulge

The Battle of the Bulge (16 December 1944 – 25 January 1945) was the last major German offensive campaign on the Western Front during World War II.

New!!: Siegfried Line and Battle of the Bulge · See more »

Besseringen B-Werk

The B-Werk near Besseringen is the only completely preserved fortification built to construction standard "B" in the Siegfried Line.

New!!: Siegfried Line and Besseringen B-Werk · See more »


A biotope is an area of uniform environmental conditions providing a living place for a specific assemblage of plants and animals.

New!!: Siegfried Line and Biotope · See more »

Brüggen, Germany

Brüggen is a municipality in the district of Viersen, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

New!!: Siegfried Line and Brüggen, Germany · See more »


A bunker is a defensive military fortification designed to protect people or valued materials from falling bombs or other attacks.

New!!: Siegfried Line and Bunker · See more »


Camouflage is the use of any combination of materials, coloration, or illumination for concealment, either by making animals or objects hard to see (crypsis), or by disguising them as something else (mimesis).

New!!: Siegfried Line and Camouflage · See more »


A casemate, sometimes erroneously rendered casement, is a fortified gun emplacement or armored structure from which guns are fired.

New!!: Siegfried Line and Casemate · See more »

Chemical warfare

Chemical warfare (CW) involves using the toxic properties of chemical substances as weapons.

New!!: Siegfried Line and Chemical warfare · See more »

Czech hedgehog

The Czech hedgehog (rozsocháč or ježek) is a static anti-tank obstacle defense made of metal angle beams or I-beams (that is, lengths with an L- or I-shaped cross section).

New!!: Siegfried Line and Czech hedgehog · See more »

Czechoslovak border fortifications

The Czechoslovak government built a system of border fortifications, as well as some fortified defensive lines inland, from 1935 to 1938 as a defensive countermeasure against the rising threat of Nazi Germany.

New!!: Siegfried Line and Czechoslovak border fortifications · See more »

Defense line

Defense line or fortification line is a geographically-recognizable line of troops and armament, fortified and set up to protect a high-value location during an armed conflict.

New!!: Siegfried Line and Defense line · See more »

Deutsche Reichsbahn

The Deutsche Reichsbahn, also known as the German National Railway, the German State Railway, German Reich Railway, and the German Imperial Railway, was the name of the German national railway system created after the end of World War I from the regional railways of the individual states of the German Empire.

New!!: Siegfried Line and Deutsche Reichsbahn · See more »

Dragon's teeth (fortification)

Dragon's teeth (Drachenzähne) are square-pyramidal fortifications of reinforced concrete first used during the Second World War to impede the movement of tanks and mechanised infantry.

New!!: Siegfried Line and Dragon's teeth (fortification) · See more »


Echternach (Iechternach) is a commune with town status in the canton of Echternach, which is part of the district of Grevenmacher, in eastern Luxembourg.

New!!: Siegfried Line and Echternach · See more »


The Eifel (Äifel) is a low mountain range in western Germany and eastern Belgium.

New!!: Siegfried Line and Eifel · See more »


In military architecture, an embrasure is the opening in a crenellation or battlement between the two raised solid portions or merlons, sometimes called a crenel or crenelle.

New!!: Siegfried Line and Embrasure · See more »


Environmentalism or environmental rights is a broad philosophy, ideology, and social movement regarding concerns for environmental protection and improvement of the health of the environment, particularly as the measure for this health seeks to incorporate the impact of changes to the environment on humans, animals, plants and non-living matter.

New!!: Siegfried Line and Environmentalism · See more »


Fascism is a form of radical authoritarian ultranationalism, characterized by dictatorial power, forcible suppression of opposition and control of industry and commerce, which came to prominence in early 20th-century Europe.

New!!: Siegfried Line and Fascism · See more »

Festungsfront Oder-Warthe-Bogen

The Festungsfront Oder-Warthe-Bogen (Fortified Front Oder-Warthe-Bogen), also called the Festung im Oder-Warthe-Bogen or Ostwall (East Wall), and in Polish the Międzyrzecki Rejon Umocniony, MRU (Międzyrzecz Fortification Region), was a fortified military defence line of Nazi Germany between the Oder and Warta rivers, near Międzyrzecz.

New!!: Siegfried Line and Festungsfront Oder-Warthe-Bogen · See more »

First United States Army

The First Army is the oldest and longest established field army of the United States Army, having seen service in both World War I and World War II, under some of the most famous and distinguished officers of the U.S. Army.

New!!: Siegfried Line and First United States Army · See more »


France, officially the French Republic (République française), is a sovereign state whose territory consists of metropolitan France in Western Europe, as well as several overseas regions and territories.

New!!: Siegfried Line and France · See more »


Geilenkirchen is a town in the district Heinsberg, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

New!!: Siegfried Line and Geilenkirchen · See more »

George S. Patton

General George Smith Patton Jr. (November 11, 1885 – December 21, 1945) was a senior officer of the United States Army who commanded the U.S. Seventh Army in the Mediterranean theater of World War II, but is best known for his leadership of the U.S. Third Army in France and Germany following the Allied invasion of Normandy in June 1944.

New!!: Siegfried Line and George S. Patton · See more »

Gerd von Rundstedt

Karl Rudolf Gerd von Rundstedt (12 December 1875 – 24 February 1953) was a Field Marshal in the Wehrmacht of Nazi Germany during World War II.

New!!: Siegfried Line and Gerd von Rundstedt · See more »

German Empire

The German Empire (Deutsches Kaiserreich, officially Deutsches Reich),Herbert Tuttle wrote in September 1881 that the term "Reich" does not literally connote an empire as has been commonly assumed by English-speaking people.

New!!: Siegfried Line and German Empire · See more »


Germany (Deutschland), officially the Federal Republic of Germany (Bundesrepublik Deutschland), is a sovereign state in central-western Europe.

New!!: Siegfried Line and Germany · See more »

Gun turret

A gun turret is a location from which weapons can be fired that affords protection, visibility, and some cone of fire.

New!!: Siegfried Line and Gun turret · See more »


Hürtgenwald is a municipality in the district of Düren in the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

New!!: Siegfried Line and Hürtgenwald · See more »

Hindenburg Line

The Hindenburg Line (Siegfriedstellung or Siegfried Position) was a German defensive position of World War I, built during the winter of 1916–1917 on the Western Front, from Arras to Laffaux, near Soissons on the Aisne.

New!!: Siegfried Line and Hindenburg Line · See more »


The Hunsrück is a low mountain range in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.

New!!: Siegfried Line and Hunsrück · See more »


Cleves (Kleve; Kleef; Clèves; Clivia) is a town in the Lower Rhine region of northwestern Germany near the Dutch border and the river Rhine.

New!!: Siegfried Line and Kleve · See more »


Originally the Latin noun līmes (Latin līmitēs) had a number of different meanings: a path or balk delimiting fields, a boundary line or marker, any road or path, any channel, such as a stream channel, or any distinction or difference.

New!!: Siegfried Line and Limes · See more »

List of surviving elements of the Siegfried Line

This article lists those elements of the Siegfried Line (Westwall) that have survived or whose function is still clearly recognisable.

New!!: Siegfried Line and List of surviving elements of the Siegfried Line · See more »


Luxembourg (Lëtzebuerg; Luxembourg, Luxemburg), officially the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, is a landlocked country in western Europe.

New!!: Siegfried Line and Luxembourg · See more »

Maginot Line

The Maginot Line (Ligne Maginot), named after the French Minister of War André Maginot, was a line of concrete fortifications, obstacles, and weapon installations built by France in the 1930s to deter invasion by Germany and force them to move around the fortifications.

New!!: Siegfried Line and Maginot Line · See more »

Mentioned in dispatches

A member of the armed forces mentioned in dispatches (or despatches, MiD) is one whose name appears in an official report written by a superior officer and sent to the high command, in which his or her gallant or meritorious action in the face of the enemy is described.

New!!: Siegfried Line and Mentioned in dispatches · See more »

MG 34

The Maschinengewehr 34, or MG 34, is a German recoil-operated air-cooled machine gun, first tested in 1929, introduced in 1934, and issued to units in 1936.

New!!: Siegfried Line and MG 34 · See more »

MG 42

The MG 42 (shortened from German: Maschinengewehr 42, or "machine gun 42") is a 7.92×57mm Mauser general purpose machine gun designed in Nazi Germany and used extensively by the Wehrmacht and the Waffen-SS during the second half of World War II.

New!!: Siegfried Line and MG 42 · See more »


Molybdenum is a chemical element with symbol Mo and atomic number 42.

New!!: Siegfried Line and Molybdenum · See more »


Monschau (Montjoie, Mondjoye) is a small resort town in the Eifel region of western Germany, located in the district Aachen, North Rhine-Westphalia.

New!!: Siegfried Line and Monschau · See more »


A monument is a type of—usually three-dimensional—structure that was explicitly created to commemorate a person or event, or which has become relevant to a social group as a part of their remembrance of historic times or cultural heritage, due to its artistic, historical, political, technical or architectural importance.

New!!: Siegfried Line and Monument · See more »


The Netherlands (Nederland), often referred to as Holland, is a country located mostly in Western Europe with a population of seventeen million.

New!!: Siegfried Line and Netherlands · See more »


Nickel is a chemical element with symbol Ni and atomic number 28.

New!!: Siegfried Line and Nickel · See more »

Ninth United States Army

The Ninth Army is a field army of the United States Army, garrisoned at Caserma Ederle, Vicenza, Italy.

New!!: Siegfried Line and Ninth United States Army · See more »


Normandy (Normandie,, Norman: Normaundie, from Old French Normanz, plural of Normant, originally from the word for "northman" in several Scandinavian languages) is one of the 18 regions of France, roughly referring to the historical Duchy of Normandy.

New!!: Siegfried Line and Normandy · See more »

Normandy landings

The Normandy landings were the landing operations on Tuesday, 6 June 1944 of the Allied invasion of Normandy in Operation Overlord during World War II.

New!!: Siegfried Line and Normandy landings · See more »

North Rhine-Westphalia

North Rhine-Westphalia (Nordrhein-Westfalen,, commonly shortened to NRW) is the most populous state of Germany, with a population of approximately 18 million, and the fourth largest by area.

New!!: Siegfried Line and North Rhine-Westphalia · See more »

Organisation Todt

The Todt Organisation (Organisation Todt, OT) was a civil and military engineering group in the Third Reich from 1933 to 1945, named after its founder, Fritz Todt, an engineer and senior Nazi figure.

New!!: Siegfried Line and Organisation Todt · See more »

Orscholz Switch

The Orscholz Switch (Orscholzriegel), or Siegfried Switch, was a military defensive "switch" position and part of the Siegfried Line (Westwall) located in the triangle between the rivers Saar and Moselle.

New!!: Siegfried Line and Orscholz Switch · See more »

Phoney War

The Phoney War (Drôle de guerre; Sitzkrieg) was an eight-month period at the start of World War II, during which there was only one limited military land operation on the Western Front, when French troops invaded Germany's Saar district.

New!!: Siegfried Line and Phoney War · See more »

Pillbox (military)

Pillboxes are concrete dug-in guard posts, normally equipped with loopholes through which to fire weapons.

New!!: Siegfried Line and Pillbox (military) · See more »

Ray Ventura

Raymond Ventura (16 April 1908, Paris, France – 29 March 1979, Palma de Mallorca, Spain) was a French jazz bandleader.

New!!: Siegfried Line and Ray Ventura · See more »


The Regelbau (German for "standard design") were a series of standardised bunker designs built in large numbers by the Germans in the Siegfried Line (Westwall) and the Atlantic Wall as part of their defensive fortifications prior to and during the Second World War.

New!!: Siegfried Line and Regelbau · See more »

Reich Labour Service

The Reich Labour Service (Reichsarbeitsdienst; RAD) was a major organisation established in Nazi Germany as an agency to help mitigate the effects of unemployment on the German economy, militarise the workforce and indoctrinate it with Nazi ideology.

New!!: Siegfried Line and Reich Labour Service · See more »

Reich Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda

The Reich Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda (Reichsministerium für Volksaufklärung und Propaganda, RMVP or Propagandaministerium) was a Nazi government agency to enforce Nazi ideology.

New!!: Siegfried Line and Reich Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda · See more »


The Rhineland (Rheinland, Rhénanie) is the name used for a loosely defined area of Western Germany along the Rhine, chiefly its middle section.

New!!: Siegfried Line and Rhineland · See more »


A rifleman is an infantry soldier armed with a rifled long gun.

New!!: Siegfried Line and Rifleman · See more »

Roman Empire

The Roman Empire (Imperium Rōmānum,; Koine and Medieval Greek: Βασιλεία τῶν Ῥωμαίων, tr.) was the post-Roman Republic period of the ancient Roman civilization, characterized by government headed by emperors and large territorial holdings around the Mediterranean Sea in Europe, Africa and Asia.

New!!: Siegfried Line and Roman Empire · See more »

Saar (river)

The Saar (Sarre; Saar) is a river in northeastern France and western Germany, and a right tributary of the Moselle.

New!!: Siegfried Line and Saar (river) · See more »

Saar Offensive

The Saar Offensive was a French ground operation into Saarland, Germany, during the early stages of World War II, from 7 to 16 September 1939.

New!!: Siegfried Line and Saar Offensive · See more »


Saarbrücken (Sarrebruck, Rhine Franconian: Saarbrigge) is the capital and largest city of the state of Saarland, Germany.

New!!: Siegfried Line and Saarbrücken · See more »


Saarland (das Saarland,; la Sarre) is one of the sixteen states (Bundesländer) of the Federal Republic of Germany.

New!!: Siegfried Line and Saarland · See more »


Organisms of many species are specialized into male and female varieties, each known as a sex. Sexual reproduction involves the combining and mixing of genetic traits: specialized cells known as gametes combine to form offspring that inherit traits from each parent.

New!!: Siegfried Line and Sex · See more »

Siegfried Line Museum, Pirmasens

The Siegfried Line Museum at Pirmasens (Westwallmuseum Pirmasens) is a museum in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate that is housed in a former subterranean fortification on the edge of the village of Niedersimten in southwest Palatinate (region).

New!!: Siegfried Line and Siegfried Line Museum, Pirmasens · See more »


Steel is an alloy of iron and carbon and other elements.

New!!: Siegfried Line and Steel · See more »


Switzerland, officially the Swiss Confederation, is a sovereign state in Europe.

New!!: Siegfried Line and Switzerland · See more »

United States Army Center of Military History

The United States Army Center of Military History (CMH) is a directorate within the Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army.

New!!: Siegfried Line and United States Army Center of Military History · See more »


Viersen is the capital of the district of Viersen, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

New!!: Siegfried Line and Viersen · See more »

We're Going to Hang out the Washing on the Siegfried Line

"We're Going to Hang out the Washing on the Siegfried Line" is a popular song by Ulster songwriter Jimmy Kennedy, written whilst he was a Captain in the British Expeditionary Force during the early stages of the Second World War, with music by Michael Carr.

New!!: Siegfried Line and We're Going to Hang out the Washing on the Siegfried Line · See more »

Weil am Rhein

Weil am Rhein is a German town and commune.

New!!: Siegfried Line and Weil am Rhein · See more »

West Wall Medal

The West Wall Medal (Deutsches Schutzwall-Ehrenzeichen) was a political decoration of Nazi Germany.

New!!: Siegfried Line and West Wall Medal · See more »

Western Front (World War I)

The Western Front was the main theatre of war during the First World War.

New!!: Siegfried Line and Western Front (World War I) · See more »

World War I

World War I (often abbreviated as WWI or WW1), also known as the First World War, the Great War, or the War to End All Wars, was a global war originating in Europe that lasted from 28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918.

New!!: Siegfried Line and World War I · See more »

World War II

World War II (often abbreviated to WWII or WW2), also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, although conflicts reflecting the ideological clash between what would become the Allied and Axis blocs began earlier.

New!!: Siegfried Line and World War II · See more »

Zweibrücken Air Base

Zweibrücken Air Base was a NATO military air base in West Germany.

New!!: Siegfried Line and Zweibrücken Air Base · See more »

Redirects here:

Seigfried Line, Siegfreid Line, Siegfried line, Westwall.


[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siegfried_Line

Hey! We are on Facebook now! »