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[[File:Double apron.png||thumb|Double apron fence]]
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In the [[military science]] of [[fortification]], '''wire obstacles''' are defensive obstacles made from barbed wire, [[barbed tape]] or [[concertina wire]]. They are designed to disrupt, delay and generally slow down an attacking enemy. During the time that the attackers are slowed down by the wire obstacle (or possibly deliberately channelled into [[killing zone]]s) they are easy to target with machinegun and artillery fire. Depending on the requirements and available resources, wire obstacles may range from a simple barbed wire fence in front of a defensive position, to elaborate patterns of fences, concertinas, "[[Dragon's teeth (fortification)|dragon's teeth]]" and [[land mine|minefields]] hundreds of metres thick.
 
In the [[military science]] of [[fortification]], '''wire obstacles''' are defensive obstacles made from barbed wire, [[barbed tape]] or [[concertina wire]]. They are designed to disrupt, delay and generally slow down an attacking enemy. During the time that the attackers are slowed down by the wire obstacle (or possibly deliberately channelled into [[killing zone]]s) they are easy to target with machinegun and artillery fire. Depending on the requirements and available resources, wire obstacles may range from a simple barbed wire fence in front of a defensive position, to elaborate patterns of fences, concertinas, "[[Dragon's teeth (fortification)|dragon's teeth]]" and [[land mine|minefields]] hundreds of metres thick.
   
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==Gallery of Images==
 
==Gallery of Images==
 
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File:Knife rest.jpg|The "knife rest" or "Spanish rider" is a modern wire obstacle functionally similar to the [[cheval de frise]], and sometimes called that.
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Image:Knife rest.jpg|The "knife rest" or "Spanish rider" is a modern wire obstacle functionally similar to the [[cheval de frise]], and sometimes called that.
File:Concertina wire.png|Triple [[concertina wire]] fence.
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Image:Concertina wire.png|Triple [[concertina wire]] fence.
File:Obstacle belt.jpg|A complex obstacle belt of low wire entanglement backed by a double apron fence. Both obstacles have movable openings that can be blocked with knife rests.
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Image:Obstacle belt.jpg|A complex obstacle belt of low wire entanglement backed by a double apron fence. Both obstacles have movable openings that can be blocked with knife rests.
File:Bundesarchiv_Bild_101I-291-1230-13,_Dieppe,_Landungsversuch,_tote_alliierte_Soldaten.jpg|The deadly result of [[enfilade]] fire during the [[Dieppe Raid]] of 1942: dead Canadian soldiers lie where they fell. Trapped between the beach and fortified sea wall (covered with barbed wire), they made easy targets for [[MG 34]] machineguns in a German bunker. The bunker firing slit is visible in the distance, just above the German soldier's head.
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Image:Bundesarchiv_Bild_101I-291-1230-13,_Dieppe,_Landungsversuch,_tote_alliierte_Soldaten.jpg|The deadly result of [[enfilade]] fire during the [[Dieppe Raid]] of 1942: dead Canadian soldiers lie where they fell. Trapped between the beach and fortified sea wall (covered with barbed wire), they made easy targets for [[MG 34]] machineguns in a German bunker. The bunker firing slit is visible in the distance, just above the German soldier's head.
File:Junobeach_Prisoners.jpg|[[Juno Beach]] on [[D-Day]], 1944. The barbed wire fence is crude and not very high. However, when combined with the steep, curving sea wall it slows down any attacker, giving time for a nearby [[machinegun]] [[bunker]] (out of view) to sweep the area with [[enfilade]] fire. Note the soldier in the background, forced to use a ladder.
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Image:Junobeach_Prisoners.jpg|[[Juno Beach]] on [[D-Day]], 1944. The barbed wire fence is crude and not very high. However, when combined with the steep, curving sea wall it slows down any attacker, giving time for a nearby [[machinegun]] [[bunker]] (out of view) to sweep the area with [[enfilade]] fire. Note the soldier in the background, forced to use a ladder.
 
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