Top 10 Infamous Barrier Walls Throughout History — TopTenzNet


10 Infamous Barrier Walls Throughout History 10. Korean Demilitarized Zone With the 1953 ease-fire that halted the Korean
War, both sides agreed to split the peninsula at the front lines. This of course gave us
North and South Korea. It was agreed that there would be a roughly two and a half mile
buffer zone between the two where there would be no military fortifications. It’s appropriately
called the Demilitarized Zone, and it’s currently the most fortified international
border in the world. All along each half of the roughly 150 mile line is a constant string
of outposts, fortifications and garrisons protecting against any possible act of hostility. The zone is virtually uninhabited except for
two villages — Daesong-Dong on the south side, and Kjong-Dong on the north side. Kjong-Dong
is the only village in North Korea visible from the south. However, it’s clearly just
a propaganda village, as all the buildings are nothing more than hollow shells that lack
windows and interiors. Also within the zone is the famous village
of Panmunjom. There are no permanent residents there, as it serves as a meeting place between
the two sides. The border actually runs through the buildings where the two sides meet. It
even runs right down the middle of the conference table so the sides can stay on their half. The DMZ has evolved into a dual purpose barrier.
Initially its sole purpose was to protect each side from invasion, but as conditions
in North Korea got worse the North beefed-up security on their side to ensure defectors
wouldn’t be able to cross. A minor bright spot is that since the zine is virtually uninhabited
it’s become a de facto wildlife sanctuary. Many species which were endangered have suddenly
been able to thrive without humans around. 9. Melilla and Cueta Border Fences These two cities are Spanish enclaves along
the Moroccan coast. It’s the only land in Africa fully governed by a European nation,
although Morocco has never recognized the independence of these two cities and has formally
stated that both belong to them. They’ve also long been popular embarkation points
for illegal immigrants and smugglers hoping to reach Europe. Due to these factors, formidable fences were
built to protect each city. There are two parallel fences spaced about 20 feet apart,
each one 20 feet high and topped with razor wire. The Melilla barrier is approximately
seven miles long, and the Cueta approximately five. They’re easily monitored and patrolled,
and both are lit up constantly at night. The European Union aided in the funding in the
hope that it would deter illegal activity. Both have so far proven to be effective barriers,
but they’ve increased tensions with Morocco, especially after 15 people died in a failed
attempt to cross in 2005. 8. Maginot Line Shortly before World War II France justifiably
feared invasion from Nazi Germany. Since northeastern France borders Germany, they dedicated a disproportionate
amount of military resources to fortifying that border. All along the Maginot Line they
built an elaborate series of bunkers, vehicle traps, guard towers and other fortifications
strategically placed to make an invasion from the powerful German military very difficult. Germany solved this problem by simply invading
Belgium to the west and then entering France from the north. With so many of their military
resources devoted to a now worthless barrier, France fell in just a few weeks. Many remnants
of the Maginot line still exist today. After all, none of them were ever damaged in battle! 7. Berlin Wall The Berlin Wall is perhaps the most famous
installment on this list, mainly because it was a literal symbol of the Iron Curtain.
Its purpose wasn’t to keep its enemies out, but rather its own people in. Built initially
in 1961 as a single makeshift wall, it eventually evolved into the behemoth that’s most familiar
to the public. After World War II the allies divided Germany
into four sections. As the capital and largest city, Berlin was also divided. West Berlin
became a democratic enclave surrounded completely by communist East Germany. Between 1945 and
1961 there was no physical boundary between the two sections. West Berlin had been rebuilt
into a thriving modern metropolis, while East Berlin was drab and still full of ruins from
the war. Fed up with this existence and the restrictive nature of the communist government,
many East Germans simply walked into West Berlin and established a new life there. East German officials realized that this would
make their country unsustainable, so they hastily built the wall and posted guards with
orders to shoot anyone attempting to cross. Since the structure was still fairly simple
many attempted the crossing anyway. Most were successful, but some were killed in the process.
With each escape upgrades were made until it became two walls separated by roughly 100
feet. Between the two walls was a zone ominously known as the death strip, a barren stretch
of sand filled with landmines, vehicle traps and guard towers. Anyone caught there was
shot on sight. The Berlin Wall went right through residential
and commercial areas. It literally cut through buildings, down the middle of streets… even
a church was left right in the middle of the death strip. Berliners were separated by less
than half a football field but were a world apart. There were some escapes over the years. Most
involved creative ways to get over or under the wall, or through the checkpoints — getting
through the barricade itself was nearly impossible. In 1989, when East German officials announced
that travel restrictions would be reduced, Berliners on both sides of the wall took that
statement literally and started destroying it. Within just a few weeks the massive structure
was completely gone. There are a few memorial remnants, but Berliners hated it so much they
simply couldn’t get rid of it quickly enough. 6. Hadrian’s Wall By the early 2nd century the Roman Empire
had expanded to include most of the island now known as Great Britain. In preparation
for a visit from Emperor Hadrian, local officials and military leaders decided they weren’t
willing to risk an invasion from northern barbarians, so they constructed a wall approximately
80 miles long from the North Sea to the Irish Sea. Finding suitable materials in the barren
landscape was no easy task, so it was primarily constructed from stone and earthen mounds.
There were garrisons and outposts strategically placed along the route. It was arguably the
most successful barrier on this list, as there were no breaches. However, most historians
agree that there was never really a serious threat either. Today it’s Northern England’s
most visited tourist destination. 5. Australian Rabbit Fence Not every barrier is intended to separate
people. From an ecological point of view, Australia is very isolated. It’s also a
very harsh environment, so native species had to develop resources for defense and competition.
Long story short, there are a lot of species in Australia that can kill you. But the one species that’s been the most
destructive isn’t one we would consider dangerous, nor is it native to Australia.
In the late 1800s, someone had the brilliant idea of bringing rabbits to the country. Anyone
who’s ever had a garden knows that rabbits will eat almost any vegetation. Likewise,
anyone who’s ever heard the expression breeding like rabbits knows…. well, you get the idea. The rabbits quickly spread all over eastern
and central Australia and were devouring what little vegetation there was. People on the
West Coast knew that it was just a matter of time before they would be there and would
consume the small but fertile farmland available to them. Knowing that attempts to exterminate
them had proven futile they came up with the next logical step — a fence across the entire
continent to keep them where they already were. So a nearly 1200 mile fence was built
in the early 1900s. Virtually the entire length of the fence runs through uninhabited areas,
and maintenance has proven to be quite a challenge. It’s the most benign barrier on this list,
as it’s only about five feet tall and made from steel mesh. To anyone who happens to
come upon it would appear to be nothing more than a normal property fence. Many rabbits have found their way through
the fence, but not enough to be considered an infestation. The fertile fields of Western
Australia have been producing well for the past 100 years, making this seemingly ridiculous
idea one of the most successful on this list. 4. Israel-West Bank Border Fence Anyone who’s read the news at least once
in the past 70 years knows that Palestinians were displaced for the creation of the State
of Israel. Most Palestinians are now living in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. This, of
course, has resulted in a great deal of tension between the two sides. No country devotes more of its GDP to preventing
terrorism than Israel. Finally fed up with attacks, in the ’90s they proposed walling
off the occupied Palestinian territories. Today the wall is mostly complete, and is
arguably the most imposing on this list. In urban areas a concrete wall stands as high
as 26 feet. In rural areas it’s mainly a 10 foot high chain link fence topped with
razor wire. When fully complete it will stretch more than 300 miles and be fully monitored
and patrolled. To say that this has increased tensions is
a bit of an understatement. Palestinians have stated that they feel like prisoners, and
the decision to build the wall has drawn considerable criticism from the international community.
Many have compared it to a new version of the Berlin Wall. In some places graffiti makes
a direct comparison, as you can see above. 3. Great Wall of China It’s actually the Great Walls of China,
as there were several versions built in different areas over the course of 2000 years. Most
sections are fairly simple and only a few feet high, providing nothing more than a basic
barrier to protect China from Tatar tribes to the north. The wall that everyone knows
was built in the 14th century during the Ming Dynasty and is an imposing structure ranging
from 15 to 30 feet high, with guard towers spaced every few hundred feet. The most famous
section runs through the town of Jinshanling, where it’s been completely restored to its
original state. This is its closest point to Beijing, making it a popular tourist destination. As you get just a few miles away from Jinshanling,
the wall begins to look like it’s 700 years old. In many places it’s falling apart due
to natural decay and being scavenged for materials by locals over the centuries. As you go farther
west it’s either unrecognizable or simply gone. While it’s still impressive, in its
heyday it was easily the most formidable structure on earth. All told the walls stretch around
4500 miles. And no, it’s not visible from space. 2. USA/Mexico Border Fence In 2006 the United States Congress passed
the “Secure Fence Act,” which approved building a fence along the border with Mexico
to curb illegal immigration and drug smuggling. Bear in mind this is a nearly 2000 mile border,
most of which is rural desert. It’s not an electrified fence, nor does it have any
traps or even alarms. It’s mostly made from material that’s difficult to climb, but
if you bring a ladder… So in order to be fully effective it requires
near constant surveillance at all points, a daunting task. Even if there were cameras
surveying the entire length, jumpers would likely be long gone before dispatched border
control officers could arrive on the scene. A fragile ecosystem with a fence in the middle
can also make it difficult for migrating animals, because they don’t really care about international
borders. Finally, as the fence approaches the Gulf
of Mexico along the Rio Grande delta, a decades old treaty with Mexico prohibits building
in the floodplain. This means that in places the wall is more than a mile from the actual
border. This is one of the few urban parts of the border, so the result is a lot of Americans
trapped on the wrong side of the fence. Imagine how they feel knowing they have to cross through
a checkpoint to get to the store or visit their neighbors! Many feel that the fence
is mainly symbolic, and has been described by more than a few as a boondoggle. 1. Inner German Border This was the barrier that separated East Germany
from West Germany. Like the Berlin Wall, its purpose was not to keep its enemies out but
its own people in. It was to the Berlin Wall what a semi is to a pickup truck. The people
of East and West Berlin were separated by only about 100 feet. The national border wall
went mostly through rural areas, and as a result the barrier was over three miles wide.
It also stretched the entire length of the border, more than 1000 miles. Very few got across this barrier, both because
of its size and the sheer terror involved. First there was a modest fence which separated
the three mile border zone. There were some towns and farms within the border zone, but
those who were permitted to live there could only travel to their home, with no other travel
within the zone permitted. Of course, why would you want to travel considering that
within the zone were guard patrols, tripwires, booby traps, vehicle traps and landmines? If one were to make it through the border
zone they would come to the scariest fence ever built. It was a roughly 12 foot high
steel mesh fence booby-trapped with spring guns, which are cone shaped bombs loaded with
shrapnel. When the fence was touched it would trigger an explosion and direct the shrapnel
at the point of contact. Merely touching the wall would kill you. If you were somehow fortunate enough to get
over that wall there was another death strip similar to the one in Berlin, then another
steel mesh fence. All along these fence lines were towers staffed with guards trained to
shoot on site. The final fence was about 100 feet from the actual border, meaning that
if you were fortunate enough to get past all those fortifications guards could still shoot
you before you reached the actual demarcation line. Sadly, a handful of people that close
to freedom met that fate. Like the Berlin Wall, Germans couldn’t get
rid of it fast enough. Like the Korean DMZ, it also created a unique natural habitat and
even today much of the land is preserved for nature.

66 thoughts on “Top 10 Infamous Barrier Walls Throughout History — TopTenzNet

  1. number 4 Israel was there long before the Palestinians invaded, and the wall reduced terror attacks in Israel by 90%

  2. ''Many species wich were endangered have suddenly been able to thrive without humans surround'' No shiit, We're actually THE cancer of mother Nature. Yet we still think we're the center of the Universe..

  3. Belgium should've joined France and completed the Maginot Line around their border.
    Would've kept out the Germans then, and the terrorists now.

  4. Sadly…. simon u didn't notice my request of 10 evolutions that changed the way of modern games. I guess I'll have to find a new topic for u hmmm "top 10 reasons for global warming"

  5. And if some of those walls were torn down, expect Roger Waters the sing the entirety of The Wall.

  6. #5 you do know rabbits are edible right?? shit, just set rabbit snares lol

  7. I know someone who somehow managed to cross the border into East Germany by accident. I have no idea how they managed to do that, and neither do they.

  8. what about the peace wall in northern ireland? its the same sort of thing as the israel 1

  9. #5 Rabbits not dangerous? Clearly someone needs to watch Monty Python.

  10. Thank you for presenting this. It's unsettling to see how often history repeats itself. Let us collectively choose intelligence, compassion and common sense over pig-headed ignorance. What we have in common far outweighs our differences.

  11. No so-called Palestinians were displaced for the creation of Israel. Palestinians kept their purchased land as did Jews and others. The states lands that belonged to Turkey (and were uninhabited) went to the state of Israel.

    There has always been a Jewish presence in the holy land and there are even conclaves the pre-date the Romans which have always been Jewish. This is not true for Arabs who came only after Jews created an economy they envied.

    I knew something was going to be up when you called Judea (the Jewish homeland) West Bank (the term used by the occupier Jordan after they conquered it).

    1 lost subscrber.

  12. "preventing terrorism" (israel) I think you mean engaging in terrorism

  13. There's that one in Ireland that separates Catholics from Protestants? (All the info I have) That's a beast of a wall and just looks odd settled into regular homes.

  14. the israel-paletin Barrier Walls is the most top infamous Barrier Walls with extremely zero humanity

  15. ATTACK ON RABBIT du du du du du du du
    Our names won't be remembered
    If we are eaten by foxes
    I refuse to be be walled out
    Written off with out carrots

    Scream and squeal
    But none will hear you
    Be fluffy and cute
    But none will help you
    You no longer live as mice
    Will you jump to join the battle?

    There are beings that live off of fears
    And their squeals are like claws
    As they play with our lives
    They'll try to pet you
    As if they own you
    Will you let them steal your carrots?

    Channel the Fluffiness swelling inside you
    Fight the wall till you leap through
    Breed like rabbits
    So make yourself the one they all fear

    There is a wild cuteness inside you
    Burning desire you can't extinguish
    You eat your carrots like a boss
    Hop through the twilight
    This is the moment for war

  16. can you please make a list about top 10 most well defended cities of history for example carthage and constantinople

  17. theres more 'wall' today in belfast, than there ever was in berlin in its prime.
    they're called 'peace lines', they're 25 ft high and getting higher (not to mention longer)

  18. You forgot to mention how the Israelis are using this wall to annex more of the rightful lands of palistine

  19. no offence but are u using a popfilter cuase it doesnt sound like it so many s's hurts my ears.

  20. was enjoying that until a 5 minute, flamming advert started playing in the middle of it… WTF?

  21. China has no Mexicans intruding because they built a wall. Make America great again!

  22. Ah yes, the rabbit fence, proof that bringing an invasive species into a country is a horrible idea!

  23. HORSE HOCKEY! The 'Palestinians' were not displaced by the Israelis. In fact, when Israel declared its independence, the new State pleaded with the Arab residents to stay and help them build the new country. They were ORDERED to depart by their Arab masters, who then refused to help them, by support or resettlement in Arab countries. As late as the middle 1950s, 'Palestinian' leaders appeared before the UN, blaming the Arab countries for their plight, and begging the UN to force the Arab states to take them in!

  24. You could have added the "Morice line" in the fifties between The French colony of Algeria bordering Tunisia and Morocco to your list.
    Also atleast equally infamous was barrier fence between South Africa, Mozambicue and Zimbabwe.
    These were border barriers which were electrified and had minefields attached to them. They were no short stretches either, and both were built during times of savage wars and intense insurgencies. It is interesting to note that in the latter case there were other obstacles on both sides of the wire that were said to keep the local wildlife from getting fried by the high-voltage in the middle while trying to cross.

  25. 8:34 it is an image of a prison wall named "Ofer" not the west bank wall, so it was amusing when you said that they feel like prisoners few seconds later.

  26. I only knew of Hadrian's, the Great Wall of China, and Berlin. And of course Trump's wall. You know, any country that shoots its citizens that want out needs to be invaded with extreme prejudice. At least past the wall in question, not necessarily a full take over.

  27. When north korea sucks so bad you need prison level walls to keep people from escaPing like Alcatraz

  28. "The Rump Roast" and his supporters are probably getting a hard on just looking at these walls.

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