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Booby Traps; Mines; Anti-Tank Rifles: German Retreat Tricks

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i I LOOKING FOR CERMAN MINES IN RUINED NOVON FRENC.H SOLDIERS AT WORK IN THE RUE DE BELFORT


–i i i A “TOUCH.-AND-GO” TASK: A FRENCH ENGINEER SEARCHING FOR GERMAN MINES IN THE RUE VICTOR HUGO, NOYON


L 4. MARKED (IN CHALK) “NOT TO BE TOUCHED BELIEVED TO BE MINED”: A SUSPECTED TRAP LEFT BY THE GERMANS IN THE SOMME RETREAT; WITH AUSTRALIAN TRANSPORT PASSING ROUND IT. ý 311.


VICIOUS-LOO GBUT FINEFETIVE: A CAPTURED GRMAJ ANITI-TAIK RIFLE HELD BY TWO BRITISH OFFICERS.


[ i I NEARLY !WE NICHES LOG : A GERMAN ANTI-TANK RIFLE CARTRIDGE (RIGH1 RESIDE AN DINARY BITISn CARTRIDGE


The German is laborious, if not ey subtle, in etting ” booby-traps ” in his retreat before the Altied advanes “The enemy.” writes Mr. Philip Gibbs, “has arranged many devilish devices, such as trip-wires which touch *I high explosives, and a variety of traps which would blow men to death if they touch innocent-looking objects.” When the French recaptured Noyon, the troops went through it at the double to minimise the danger. Writing from that town on September 9, Mr. G. H. Perris says : “Notice-boards


still stand at the entry tO the main streets waringi the visitor of danger from mie and other Boche traps but there is probably now more risk from patches of wall that a strong wind would bring down. Briefly, the whole ty is destroyed ; I did not see has- a-dosen houses that could be repaired.” The ponderous riIe devised by the Germans for defence against Tanks has not proved very effective. It weighs 37 lbh., and is over 6 ft. long ; with a rest attached to the barret, so that it can be fired lying down.



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Issue 4144. - Vol CLIII

Sep, 21 1918

Illustrated London News