High Voltage Fence
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High Voltage Fence

In early 1915 the German occupation forces in Belgium began the construction of a 300 km long high voltage fence along the Belgian-Dutch border. Conceived above all for security reasons, the project was a countermeasure against the continuing flight of more than 800,000 Belgians to Holland and Great Britain following the German occupation of their land. Moreover, German occupation forces feared enemy espionage and smuggling activities. The two-meter high barbed-wire fence, charge…

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Roolf, Christoph, “High Voltage Fence”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 25 July 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0281>
First published online: 2015



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