Toblerone line

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Coordinates: 46°24′7.8″N 6°16′48.6″E / 46.402167°N 6.280167°E / 46.402167; 6.280167

Concrete blocks close to the Leman Lake in Gland.
Fortress "Villa Rose"
Maxim Machine Gun Model 11 in the "Villa Rose"

The Toblerone line is a 10 km long defensive line made of “dragon's teeth” that was built during the second World War between Bassins and Prangins, in the Canton of Vaud, Switzerland. These lines of defensive blocks can be found all over Switzerland, but more predominantly in border areas. Their purpose was to stop tank invasions. The 2,700 concrete 9 ton blocks that make up the defences are similar to the shape of the chocolate bar “Toblerone”, which gave its name to the line. Since the line has been left to nature since its construction, it was decided to keep these concrete blocks and to make a hiking trail along their route.[1]

The line was built along twelve fortresses, the most well known being the "Villa Rose" in Gland, which was transformed into a museum and opened to the public in 2006.[2]

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  1. ^ Muehlemann, Anetka (9 June 2008). "Ligne fortifiée, un témoin du passé à valoriser" (in French). 24 Heures, Edipresse, Switzerland. Retrieved 9 August 2009.
  2. ^ Bradley, Simon (13 September 2006). "Villa Rose opens doors to toblerone ramblers". Swissinfo. Retrieved 9 August 2009.

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