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Anti-Tank Defences

As part of the anti-invasion defences in WW2 various means of stopping or delaying motorized units were adopted. One device was Dragon's Teeth. These were truncated concrete pyramids designed to stop a tank from crossing and were arranged in rows giving the appearance of teeth, hence the name. Another method used on the chalk Downs around Folkestone were the Tank Traps. These were an almost continuous ditch with a flat bottom and vertical back cut into the hillside about half way up and ran for miles around the hills behind Folkestone. Now the sharp edges have collapsed, but originally the white scar in the green hills could be seen for miles.

 

Defensive ditch and pile of Dragon's Teeth. Old Charlton Road Dover.

 

Close up of Dragon's Teeth, just as they were piled up after the end of WW2. Photos taken March 2001.

 

Dragon's Teeth on side of earthworks, top of Castle Hill near Dover Castle. Photo taken June 2001.

 

WW2 anti invasion defences on the Isle of Grain, Thames Estuary.

 

Another view of Dragon's Teeth on the Isle of Grain. Photos taken November 2001.

 

WW2 obstacles used as bollards in front of Grain Church. Photo taken November 2001.

 

View of Castle Hill and Caesar's Camp (actually a Norman Ring and Bailey defensive works),

on the chalk downs behind Folkestone, showing Tank Trap.

 

View standing in the Tank Trap on Castle Hill.

The back of the ditch has collapsed leaving a sloping bank.

 

Tank Trap continues on around hills over twin tunnels of the M20. Photos taken December 2001.

 

Double row of overgrown Dragon's Teeth near Lympne (near Hythe, Kent).

 

Another view of the Dragon's Teeth near Lympne. Photos taken December 2001.

 

Dragon's Teeth at Rochester, Kent. Photo taken December 2001.

 

Obstacles in the form of a truncated cone near western end of Citadel Battery, Dover.

Photo taken January 2002.

 

View looking along coast towards Hastings in Sussex.

'Rocks' used for sea defences in centre of picture are concrete WW2 anti-tank blocks.

 

Rocks in foreground are granite. The concrete anti-tank blocks have been put to a new use.

 

Close up of WW2 anti-tank blocks, now reused for sea defences. Photos taken February 2001.

 

Dragon's Teeth in your garden at Playden, near Rye in Sussex.

 

Continuation of Dragon's teeth near main road through Playden. Photos taken February 2001.

 

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