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BHC 000758 Herefords in a tank ditch
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BHC 000758 Herefords in a tank ditch

Ref: BHC 000758
Men from the 1st Battalion Herefordshire Regiment cross the anti tank ditch that surrounds Udem. The ditches were a common type of temporary defence which were thrown up throughout the whole of the Siegfried line. They caused little sifficulty to the infantry and could be bridged in seconds with specialised armoured bridging equipments. Covering fire smoke and a determined attack meant that the troops and tanks could be over the ditch in a very short space of time. The secret was in trying to keep the enemy occupied whilst the breach was made
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