Booby traps laid by troops in war zones in World War II are largely neglected in histories and memoirs, and rarely examined in detail. Yet for a soldier, the threat of booby traps had to be at the forefront of his mind, and an ability to find and disarm them was essential. This is the first comprehensive study of World War II's battlefield booby traps, using information from rare wartime intelligence publications to identify, illustrate and describe the tactics of both Allied and Axis saboteurs. Examining all aspects of this secretive subject, from the equipment used to the techniques of placing and finding them, this book uncovers the daily risks faced by soldiers on the ground through the course of the war.
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Table of Contents
Introduction – overview * Purposes * Munitions and materials *Tactics and techniques: selection of positions, concealment, booby-trapping of mines to prevent lifting, etc * Sabotage devices * Countering booby traps * National practices in booby-trapping and sabotage: US, Britain, Germany, Japan * Conclusion – effectiveness