Great War Raids

The only thing worse than life in the trenches was having to get out of them. The Imperial War Museum’s collection of podcasts now includes a description of trench raids, by men who took part in crawling across No Man’s Land in the pitch dark to get something out of the other guys’ trench.

http://www.1914.org/podcasts/podcast-15-trench-raids/

When I first started reading about British and Commonwealth forces,  I was puzzled by the reference to Mills bombs. I thought they were mortars.

Doughboys standing around watching someone else light a mortar.

But, no, a Mills bomb is a hand grenade, not unlike the one that showed up in a sewing machine last summer.

http://www2.nbc17.com/news/2011/jun/23/4/goldsboro-couple-finds-live-wwi-grenade-inside-sew-ar-1147170/

For a selection of Mills bombs, click here:

http://www.millsgrenades.co.uk/

 

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