In 2015, Specialty Tours added yet another “Special De-Tour” to view a decaying field of “Dragon’s Teeth.” These concrete pyramidal “teeth” were constructed along the Western border of Germany from 1938 – 1940. The bulwark, known to the Allies as the Siegfriend Line, was nearly 400 miles long, and consisted of some 18,000 pillboxes and tank traps. Mines and barbed wire were placed in the spaces between the individual “teeth,” with multiple rows of staggered “teeth” impeding the advance of Allied vehicles and tanks. Ultimately, Yank ingenuity won the day as combat engineers destroyed the structures, and Armored and Infantry Divisions advanced into the German heartland.
Postwar, many of the “Dragon’s Teeth” were dynamited and destroyed, but, on our July tour, with a terrific bus driver, a good signal for our GPS and careful scanning of the horizon, we found a decaying line of the once menacing structures.
AND WE WERE THE ONLY TOUR GROUP THERE!