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Author Topic: The Siegfried Line...so who was Siegfried?  (Read 2285 times)

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The Siegfried Line...so who was Siegfried?
« on: 14 March, 2009, 12:50:16 PM »
Was there a teutonic geezer called Siegried?

What did he do to be so immortalized?

Or was it just a British Army nickname?

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Re: The Siegfried Line...so who was Siegfried?
« Reply #1 on: 14 March, 2009, 01:15:48 PM »
He was a hero from Teutonic myth - he's the hero of the second half of Wagner's Ring cycle - he slaid the dragon Fafnir. Hitler wasa  huge fan of Wagner, and some high ranking Nazis (especially Himmler) were obsessed with old German mythology. So I'd imagine that it was named by the Germans.

It's a bit like if the British had built somehting similar and called it 'Lancelot'.


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Re: The Siegfried Line...so who was Siegfried?
« Reply #2 on: 14 March, 2009, 07:04:16 PM »
It was actually named the Siegfried Line by the Allies, after a portion of the Hindenberg Line with the same name in WWI. The Germans called it the Westwall.