The shell holes overlap and run into each other; some are mere scratches, some would hide an average hay-stack; here and there a few distorted posts form all that remains of a wire entanglement
The ones on my chest are akin to a barbed wire entanglement
. Unfortunately none grow on my head, but then I am slightly more mature than he.
The rows extended on both sides of the road for a distance of over half a kilometer and were guarded on either side, both front and rear, by a line of barbed wire entanglement
. These particular traps were rendered harmless by lifting the box lid and cutting the fuses in several places, the traps being left open to the weather.
The shell holes overlap and run into each other' some are mere scratches, some would hide an average hay-stack' here and there a few distorted posts form all that remains of a wire entanglement
. But the most striking feature is the debris that is lying, scattered on the surface and thick in the trenches.
Behind it were three lines of barbed wire entanglement
strung out by Royal Engineers schooled in preparing defensive position.
Up the beach and onto a low ridge of dunes festooned with thick wire entanglements
. Birds were sitting apparently unconcerned on the coils.
Unquestionably, the most important information obtained from prisoners was enemy order of batle, but they also gave up their routes of movement; the position and condition of trenches, dugouts, and wire entanglements
; their capacity to atack; and how susceptble they were to being atacked.
"Messrs Krupp, I thank you from the depths of my heart for your imperfect products!" Describing some of the gruesome sights seen in and from the trenches, the writer states that at one spot there were hanging on the barbed wire entanglements
several French and German corpses, which had evidently been there for months ...
b But just three days later, and before his wife got to see the letter, he was tragically shot while placing wire entanglements
in front of the trenches.
"We found and crossed the dried-up brook and this time we started up the right side instead of the left, came to barbed wire entanglements
and concrete dugouts set in the hillside.
The Battle of the Somme in 1916 is a good example of the horrific loss of life involved in "going over the top," an infantry attack in which massed troops clambered from their trenches, crossed a muddy and shell-hole pocked no man's land under heavy artillery fire, and attacked opposing enemy trenches that were protected by cruel barbed wire entanglements
and that bristled with machine guns laying down a murderous fire.