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Normandy Beach Obstacles

Discussion in 'Normandy Landing Beaches' started by Jim, Apr 9, 2012.

  1. Jim

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    The height of an obstacle would be just underwater at near high tide. They were angled and braced sufficiently to punch a hole in small landing boats that they knew would be used in a landing. Usually each had a "teller" mine attached, teller meaning dinner “plate” in German.

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    They were placed to detonate from the pressure of the weight of the landing craft and were powerful enough to demolish the front-end steel door, kill several soldiers, and sink the craft immediately.

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    The Czech hedgehog was a static anti-tank obstacle defence made of angled iron (that is, lengths with an L- or H- shaped cross section) deployed during World War II by various combatants. The hedgehog was very effective in keeping tanks from getting through a line of defence. It maintained its function even when tipped over by a nearby explosion.

    These Czech hedgehogs were taken up by soldiers after the landings on the Normandy beaches.

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