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"Improvised Signal-Pistol Flare" from Tactical and Technical Trends

A WWII U.S. report on an improvised German warning flare used in the fighting in France during WWII, from Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 51, October 1944.

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Among improvised pieces of equipment used by the Germans in France is a warning flare made with a wood stake, a signal-pistol flare, and a Z. Z. 42 igniter. If this igniter is not available, other igniters may be used. Improvised flare, such as this have been placed by the Germans at approaches to their positions, each flare with a trip wire attached, to warn of the presence of Allied troops.

[German warning flare, improvised in France.]
German warning flare, improvised in France.


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