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

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John Latter on December 5, 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)

This photo was taken on Friday, 3rd December, 2010, and the Dragon's Teeth shown are located near the northern tip of Dover Castle's Spur embankment (on its western side) and continue across level ground to the left where a single snow-capped one can be seen near the edge of the photo.

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.

The entrances to Connaught Park and the Zig Zags Park are behind the viewer (in fact, I had just walked up the Zig-Zags to take this photo!).

(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 5, 2010

A similar view to the above (but taken from nearer to the obstacles) is shown in the March 2010 photo, Dragons Teeth Anti-Tank Obstacles on 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

John Latter on December 13, 2010

Dover Castle is a Grade I Listed Building (1).

The following is © Crown Copyright. Reproduced under the terms of the Click-Use Licence (PSI licence number C2010002016):

Building Details:

Building Name: DOVER CASTLE

Parish: DOVER

District: DOVER

County: KENT



LBS Number: 177823

Grade: I

Date Listed: 07/03/1974

Date Delisted:

NGR: TR3249141696

Listing Text:


TR 3241 1/47

TR 34 SW 7/47



Norman keep C.1155 of rag-stone ashlar blooks picked out flints with Caen stone dressings. Around the keep are ranges of C18 (=18th Century) houses of 2 to 3 storeys ashlar with a flint galleting. Round headed windows. Surrounding these ranges are 2 concentric rings of walls and towers dating from Mediaeval times. Beneath the castle are a whole series of subterranean passages dating from the C13 and improved for defence during the Napoleonic period. Ancient Monument. (Abridged).

Listing NGR: TR3249141696

Source: English Heritage. Click to see photos of Listed Buildings and English Heritage locations in the town of Dover, England.

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  • Uploaded on December 4, 2010
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2010/12/03 11:56:40
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/400)
    • Focal Length: 50.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/14.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash