World War II Allied Sabotage Devices and Booby Traps

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The history of military forces, artifacts, personalities and techniques of warfare

As part of their support to resistance fighters and partisans in Axis-occupied countries, Allied secret agencies - the British Special Operations Executive, and the US Office of Strategic Services - provided an array of munitions and firing devices for sabotaging enemy communications and equipment. Some of these were designed specifically for use by resistance fighters, and others were adaptations...

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Overview

The history of military forces, artifacts, personalities and techniques of warfare

As part of their support to resistance fighters and partisans in Axis-occupied countries, Allied secret agencies - the British Special Operations Executive, and the US Office of Strategic Services - provided an array of munitions and firing devices for sabotaging enemy communications and equipment. Some of these were designed specifically for use by resistance fighters, and others were adaptations of military-issue grenades and mines. While the Allies used battlefield booby traps less widely than the Axis forces - from 1943 onward they were usually advancing, rather than abandoning ground - the typical traps set by British and US soldiers are also described here. This fascinating text covers everything from homemade "Molotov cocktails" to the techniques employed for sabotaging railroad tracks, and from incendiaries improvised with cigarettes and matches to "sticky" grenades and explosive-filled rats.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849081757
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 11/23/2010
  • Series: Elite Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 1,004,422
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Gordon L. Rottman entered the US Army in 1967, volunteered for Special Forces and completed training as a weapons specialist. He served in the 5th Special Forces Group in Vietnam in 1969-70 and subsequently in airborne infantry, long-range patrol and intelligence assignments until retiring after 26 years. He was a Special Operations Forces scenario writer at the Joint Readiness Training Center for 12 years and is now a freelance writer, living in Texas. The author lives in Cypress, TX.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 4

Munitions and Materials 6

Development and liaison

Explosives

Incendiaries

Firing devices

Sabotage tools

Expedient Devices and Techniques 17

"Molotov cocktails"

Punji stakes

Employment 20

Concealment

Emplacement

Sabotaging vehicles and machinery. Railroads, bridges and power lines

Installing tripwires

Booby-trapping mines

Hand grenades: US Mk II - British No.36M - US T12 & T13 - British No.75 - No.82 - No.74 "ST" Incendiary devices

Early-warning devices

Direct-Action Tactics 46

Ambushes

Raids

Harassing actions

Counter-Sabotage 54

German security services

Detection and neutralization

Conclusion 62

Recommended Reading 63

Index 64

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