Steel post for barb wire entanglements; Unknown; C 1914 - 1918; CR1977.1061
Steel post for barb wire entanglementsAbout this object
Twisted posts used for barbed wire entanglements during war. Placing twisted wire posts for barbed wire barriers in No Man's Land was usually done at night to avoid becoming a target. The curly-bottomed fence posts could be silently turned into the ground by inserting a bar through the 'eye' on top - thus avoiding the noise of trying to drive them in with mallets and an enemy sniper's bullet. Small piece of fine wire tied to second loop from the top.
Metal rod with screw one end, 4 loops at intervals up the post.
C 1914 - 1918Place Made
H 1650mm, Screw Dia 70mmSubject and Association Keywords
The World War I steel stake became known in the British Army as a "corkscrew picket". The corkscrew picket was made from a steel bar which had its bottom end bent into a spiral coil. It also had three loops or "eyes" (some even had four) formed, one at top, one at midway and one just above the corkscrew spiral.Credit Line
From the collection of the Cromwell MuseumObject Type