Military History/WW I barbed wire


Hello Paul.
Whenever we read about WW I infantry battles we are told that barbed wire defences made attacks very difficult. So how did the men cross through their own barbed wire first? If it was removed prior to the infantry going "over the top" the enemy would see it happening and be ready for an attack.

Hi Paul,
The night before the attach they would slip out trenches and cut their own wire making lanes where you could cross it. These lanes were covered by machine guns in case of a counter attack. If the attack failed to move the lines then after the retreat back, they would repair the wire the following night. Both the cutting and repairing needed to be done quietly as if was heard the opposite side would open up with their machine guns.  

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My interest is in the area US Military History. I have a special interest in US small arms. The Civil War, WWI and WWII are areas of special interest but I can handle questions on many areas of US military history.


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