Hindenburg line


a line of elaborate fortifications established by the German army in World War I, near the French-Belgian border, from Lille SE to Metz.

Origin of Hindenburg line

First recorded in 1915–20; named after P. von Hindenburg
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British Dictionary definitions for hindenburg line

Hindenburg line
/ (ˈhɪndənˌbɜːɡ) /


a line of strong fortifications built by the German army near the Franco-Belgian border in 1916–17: breached by the Allies in August 1918

Word Origin for Hindenburg line

C20: named after Paul von Hindenburg
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