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Hi all,


What kind of anti-tank obstacles were used by germans in 1918? I know one of these was a concret-made prism filled of steel rails. Does anyone have any pic or info? And what about other kind of barricades?


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Amongst the things used were:


Steel posts or rails driven vertically into the ground
Steel posts or rails driven into the ground at approx 45 degrees, some times with the ends pointed
Both of the above set in concrete
Simple concrete blocks, sometimes positioned so as to funnel tanks towards anti tank guns
Covered pits, sometimes water filled
Shaped concrete interlocking units sometimes called dragon's teeth
Simple anti tank ditches (wide trenches)
Complex anti tank ditches (eg one side gently sloping leading to a vertical side - rather like a ha-ha in a English stately home garden but bigger - a ho-ho?)


Obstacles were sometimes used in conjunction with anti tank mines (funneling the tanks into the mine field) and possibly IRDs


I have some photos of some of these will scan and post 2nite


 


 



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I enclose two photos and one contemporary drawing


Photo one shows German 45 degree AT barrier
Photo two shows German steel posts embedded upright
The drawing is of defences on the Ostend sea front  - the Germans got a whiff of Operation  Hush but the wrong planned landing site. There is some evidence that this may have been the result of some RN planting of duff info. Despite the detail on the drawing the spikes were steel not wood.



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