Name of the German soldier and statesman Paul von Hindenburg, 1847–1934. A German airship named for him, the largest ever built, was intended to provide a luxury passenger service across the Atlantic. On 6 May 1937, while landing in New Jersey from its inaugural flight, the Hindenburg burst into flames and was completely destroyed, with 36 of the 97 people aboard being killed.
Hindenburg Line in the First World War, a German fortified line of defence on the Western Front to which Field Marshal Paul vonHindenburg (1847–1934) directed retreat and which was not breached until near the end of the war; it was also called the Siegfried Line.
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