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Belgian Gate Beach Obstacle

In a belated attempt to protect their borders, the Belgians produced these makeshift structures designed by a Monsieur Cointet.  The intention was that the 'Cointet Gates' be attached to one another in long lines (see pre-war picture, right) so that they slowed the enemy long enough to engage them with artillery.  The events of May 1940 suggest they were not entirely successful.  However, when the Germans were building the Atlantik Wall, they used a great number to bolster their beach defences and form temporary road barriers.  The Germans referred to them as 'Element-C'.

Our model is composed of 57 etched brass parts plus three resin rollers.  They have all the fittings to allow a number to be attached as originally intended.  Illustrated instructions accompany the set.

Price: £9.50

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