German anti cavalry spike from Avenue Farm, near Messines

Accession Number RELAWM00507.001
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description Iron
Maker Unknown
Place made Germany
Date made c 1914-1917
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

One of a collection of approximately 30 German anti cavalry spikes or caltrops. Each caltrop has four projecting spikes at different angles so that at least one spike will always face upwards.

History / Summary

Caltrops were designed to stop cavalry by piercing the soles of horses moving over them. These spikes were collected from Avenue Farm, near Messines, by Captain W C G Ruddock, of 40 Battalion, AIF