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    Invaded USSR Along/Through

    I have a question about a possible poor usage of the preposition "along" here:


    Over the course of the operation, about four million soldiers of the Axis powers invaded the USSR along a 2,900 km front, the largest invasion in the history of warfare. In addition to troops, Barbarossa initially used 600,000 motor vehicles and 625,000 horses.

    Would "...invaded the USSR through a 2,900km front..." be better?

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    Re: Invaded USSR Along/Through

    No.

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    Re: Invaded USSR Along/Through

    So, this:


    Trucks entered the country along the northern border.
    is better than:

    Trucks entered the country through the northern border.

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    Re: Invaded USSR Along/Through

    An invasion is more geographically spread out than trucks entering on a highway. They invaded at different places along the border.

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    Re: Invaded USSR Along/Through

    Saying the trucks entered the country makes it seem like the trucks were driving themselves.

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    Re: Invaded USSR Along/Through

    I agree with SoothingDave- there was a very long front with the Axis invading at various different points. A border is a fixed point which trucks must pass through unless they're smugglers trying to avoid the border crossing, but an invasion enters wherever it wants.

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    Re: Invaded USSR Along/Through

    Also, the two mean different things. If there was a blitz like the Schlieffen plan, which saw a highly mobile breakthrough, I would say it was an invasion through that area. If it met with resistance, and was broad, it was along that area.

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