Dragon's Teeth Anti-Tank Obstacles, The Spur, Dover Castle, Kent, UK

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John Latter on April 8, 2010

Dragon's teeth (German: Drachenzähne, literally "dragon teeth") 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. (1)

The Dragon's Teeth in the above photo are located near the northern tip of Dover Castle's Spur embankment (on its western side) and continue out-of-shot across level ground to the left.

Nearly 200 yards to the right, the embankment meets the moat of the Western Curtain Wall (opposite Godsfoe Tower and Anti-Tank Gun Embrasure) and Constable's Road (where the Connaught Road Pumping Station photo was taken) which then leads up to Constable`s Gateway, the pedestrian entrance to Dover Castle.

The "classic view" of Dover Castle Keep and Constable`s Gateway was also taken nearby.

Dover Castle is an English Heritage site.

Connaught Park is to the left of the viewer, and the Zig Zags Park behind.

(1) This Wikipedia entry for Dragon`s teeth (fortification) continues:

Dragon's Teeth were employed extensively, particularly on the Siegfried Line.

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.

Dover Castle appears in "Dover in World War Two: 1942", a ten minute British Ministry of Information film, released by the US Office of War Information, and narrated by the American journalist, Edward R. Murrow.

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John Latter on December 4, 2010

A similar view to the above (but taken from a little further away on the other side of Castle Hill Road) is shown in the December 2010 photo, Dragons Teeth Anti-Tank Obstacles under Snow, The Spur of Dover Castle.

Dragon's Teeth Anti-Tank Obstacles are also shown in the following photos:

The Keep of Dover Castle and Constable`s Gateway

Sarah Grey Workboat, Haven Seafield Barge, Jetfoil Basin

The Norman Great Tower of Dover Castle at Dusk

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  • Uploaded on March 27, 2010
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2009/12/16 11:23:33
    • Exposure: 0.001s (1/1600)
    • Focal Length: 35.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.500
    • ISO Speed: ISO400
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash

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