Diy Dragon Teeth tutorial by Ignacio Herrero
Dragon’s teeth (‘Panzersperre Höckerlinie’ in German “Thx Seb for your add”) are square pyramidal fortifications of reinforced concrete first used during the Second World War to impede the movement of tanks and mechanised infantry. The idea was to slow down and channel tanks into killing zones where they could easily be disposed of by anti-tank weapons. They were employed extensively, but in practice, the use of combat engineers and specialist clearance vehicles enabled them to be disposed of relatively quickly, and they proved far less of an obstacle than many had expected.
Dragon’s teeth were extensively used by all sides in the European Theatre. The Germans made extensive use of them in the Siegfried Line and the Atlantic Wall. Typically, each “tooth” was 90 to 120 cm (3 to 4 ft) tall depending on the precise model.
Land mines were often laid between the individual “teeth”, and further obstacles constructed along the lines of “teeth” (such as barbed wire to impede infantry, or diagonally-placed steel beams to further hinder tanks). The French army employed them in the Maginot Line, while many were laid in the United Kingdom in 1940–1941 as part of the effort to strengthen the country’s defenses against a possible German invasion.
Due to the huge numbers laid and their durable construction, many thousands of dragon’s teeth can still be seen today, especially in the remains of the Siegfried and Maginot Lines. Dragon’s teeth can also still be found in the remains of the Zealand part of the Atlantic Wall, like in Groot-Valkenisse.
The Anti-Tank obstacles in wargames
Anti-tank obstacles can be a variety of things. They can be as simple as a large ditch designed to trap a tank, or they can be a complex series of concrete or steel spikes firmly planted in the ground. Basically an anti-tank obstacle is anything that can stop a tank. Such obstacles were used to block access to certain routes off the beach and to force tanks into a minefield or deadly crossfire with anti-tank bunkers. Anti-tank Obstacles can either be wide ditches, solid barriers, or concrete obstacles like ‘dragons teeth’.
For those tutorial I used a dragon teeth template from Federico Collada web page, FCModeltips.com, great job mate.
Once downloaded those file I reescaled those pdf to fit it similar to Flames of War stuff scale 1/100.
Cut carefully with a X-Acto knife the basic shape of the dragon teeth and on double-sided tape we paste this basic shape and then paste thin strips of cardboard, which simulate the formwork tables, which usually have these components of reinforced concrete.
This work is tedious, but it is the grace of the final result, it could be done the same but without the strips of cardboard.
Each strip is approximately 1 mm, with a cutter and a metal ruler is easily made.
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