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Tank traps - Dragon's Teeth in the Ardenne.    (Ver 1)

 

From Vince in the USA:
These are some pics that a friend of mine sent me. They've been forwarded several times, but they came from someone in the US Army in Europe. I don't know them personally, so I won't include any names. The following text is from their email, so I can't vouch for any of it. The photos were taken in or near the Ardennes.

Anyway the Germans laid "Dragon's Teeth" as a "Tank Stopper", huge pointed triangular concrete networks throughout the region. I saw photos on how they built them and was pretty impressed. These things each go 30 feet deep. If you look closely, you can see the design was done so the tank could get over the first set, stopped by the second set and then unable to back up because of the cut and angle of the same first set. The German government has just contracted a company to go through all of Germany and remove anything dealing with WWII, to include all the bunkers and covering up foxholes and the "Dragon's Teeth"----what a shame.

There was a group photo also, and most of these are about waist high, app 1m. I can't see what he means about getting stuck after crossing the first set, they don't seem to be far enough apart for that. If these do go 30 feet deep, and the angle is the same all the way down, they must be connected (and huge). Or maybe they are straight sided like an obelisk or just not as deep. This is the first I've ever seen anything like these. I feel sorry for the poor farmer who has to mow around these things! He'd probably be happy to see them go. The shot with the trees is interesting. It almost looks as thought the trees were planted in a row on purpose to help with the barricade. Seems to be too straight of a line to be natural. The only problem with that is they wouldn't have been very big 60 years ago.

As for the removal of everything, it is a shame.

Comment: Vince and I are both doubtfull where whoever wrote the original email says that the Dragon's Teeth go 30' down into the ground, much deeper than 6' into the ground would surprise us. It would be very interesting to see the photos on how the teeth were built that the author has seen.

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My thanks to Vince for sending me this article.


 

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