28006CB German Dragon's Teeth (28mm)
This pack contains thirty six sections of Dragon's Teeth - German anti-tank reinforced concrete barriers. There are enough teeth for a foot of terrain using the full five teeth configuration, but you can cover twice as much space using a narrower three deep formation (3 teeth) and up to four feet using a double line.
Tank traps like these were built for miles along the Atlantik Wall and Siegfried Line and were known as 'dragon's teeth' or 'pimples'.
These blocks of reinforced concrete stand in several rows on a single foundation. There are two typical sorts of barrier; Type 1938 with four teeth getting higher toward the back and Type 1939 with five such teeth. This pack contains 36 individual pieces and actual scale layout diagrams to help you set them correctly if you want to incorporate them into a diorama or scenic table. Many other irregular lines of teeth were also built however, so feel free to lay down your defences as you prefer for your games!
Typically, a complete defensive line had minefields in front and behind that, the dragon's teeth. They rested on a concrete mat between ten and thirty metres wide, sunk for a metre or two into the ground (to prevent any attempt to tunnel underneath them and place explosive charges). On top of the mat were the teeth themselves, truncated pyramids of reinforced concrete about a metre in height in the front row, to two metres high at the back. They were staggered and spaced in such a manner that a tank could not drive through. Interspersed among the teeth were minefields, barbed wire and pillboxes that were virtually impregnable to artillery and set in such a way as to give the Germans crossing fire across the entire front. The only way to take those pillboxes was for infantry to get behind them and attack the rear entry.
The French also employed dragon's teeth in the Maginot Line; many were also laid in the United Kingdom in 1940-1941 as part of the effort to strengthen the country's defences against a possible German invasion.
The figures not included and are shown as a size reference only. They are from the Baueda 1-48COMBAT range.