Trou de Loup

  • Medieval Era
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

Sometimes referred to as a "Tiger Trap" or "Wolf Hole", these were conical pits about 6 feet deep and 4 to 6 feet wide. A the bottom of the pit was installed a series of sharpened wooden sticks or spikes (facing upwards). The top was often covered with wicker or a light layering of soil (to hide the wicker). In theory, a soldier would fall through the wicker top and into the pit. He would be instantly impaled. Death of serious injury would result. Often the spikes were covered in fecal matter or rotten meat (to enhance infection). In lieu of spikes, sometimes water was added. If a heavily armored Knight or Man-at-Arms fell in, the slippery sides of the pit would make it impossible to pull ones self up - resulting in drowning. Trou de Loups were often place in front of fortifications or castles (and along principle routes to and from same). They were forerunners to the Booby Trap.