A wire entanglement was one of the most elaborate types of military wire obstacles. The entaglement could in some places be scores of metres thick and several metres deep, with the entire space filled with a random, tangled mass of barbed wire. Entanglements were often not created deliberately, but by pushing together the mess of wire formed when conventional barbed wire fences had been damaged by artillery shellss. True entanglements have rarely been seen after World War I.

See also: