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trench notes

Barbed Wire

Barbed wire was

invented in America in 1874, to

corral cattle. Barbs of wire were

twisted into a single strand of

wire at 6” intervals and secured

using a second twisted wire.

It became a standard aspect

of all defences from 1914 and

in some places such as the

Hindenburg Line, was particularly

thick. Until the arrival of

the tank, it was a formidable

challenge to get through, round,

over or under. It would often

withstand an artillery barrage.