"WARWIRE"
barbed wire barriers used in warfare

WHAT IS WARWIRE?

Also known as entanglement wire, anti-intrusion wire, prison wire and concentration camp wire, almost any barrier constructed of barbed wire to slow enemy troop movement is called Warwire.

WHEN WAS WIRE FIRST USED IN WARFARE?

The first known recorded use of wire in warfare was in 1864 when smooth telegraph wire was salvaged from a nearby telegraph line and entwined between posts and tree stumps at the foot of Stockade Redan at Vicksburg.

WHEN DID BARBED WIRE APPEAR?

Barbed wire development began in 1867 and by 1880 was readily available around the world. The French Military was among the first to incorporate smooth and barbed wire into defensive barriers designed to slow enemy troop advance.

IS THERE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MILITARY AND REGULAR BARBED WIRE?

Military designed barbed wire is more vicious in nature than regular stockman's wire. Until 1898, the military used regular livestock wire in barriers. By 1902, barbed wire entanglements became the most formidable obstacles attacking troops faced.

IS BARBED WIRE USED TODAY IN MODERN WARFARE?

The use of barbed wire reached its peak during WWI when trenches, barbed wire barriers, and rapid-fire machine guns caused "trench deadlock" as troops refused to advance against the wire. The German Military developed a "bombardment tactic" using artillery to clear the barriers and rapid deployment vehicles to move troops. Today, barbed wire is used in warfare to guard supply depots, temporary prisons, and in creating check point barriers. At home, barbed wire plays an important part in our modern prison system.

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