Hochpfählen (High Stake) Beach Obstruction
The Hochpfählen (High Stake) Beach Obstruction was simply a telegraph post sunk into a beach, with a Teller mine mounted on top. If the Allies had landed at high tide, as the Germans had expected, then these mines might have caused massive damage to the invasion fleet, but instead the Allies came in at low tide.
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How to cite this article:
Rickard, J (8 May 2009), Hochpfählen (High Stake) Beach Obstruction, http://www.historyofwar.org/Pictures/pictures_high_stakes.html