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CHAPTER VIII. EQUIPMENT
Section V. ENGINEER EQUIPMENT
3. Booby Traps
a. MATERIALS. The following standard materials have been used in German booby traps:
b. METHODS OF SETTING. The booby traps are set ordinarily in the following ways:
c. EMPLOYMENT IN BUILDINGS. Pull igniters inserted in prepared charges, grenades, and standard mines commonly are used as booby traps in buildings. The friction igniter ZDSCHN. ANZ. 29, attached to a prepared detonator, also is used with a pull cord. The trip or pull wires may be laid across entrances and doorways, across stairways, or attached to doors of rooms, cupboards, or to windows. Both ends of wires should be investigated for traps. If wires are in tension, they must not be cut until this investigation has been carried out. Pressure igniters commonly are found under loose boards and door mats. The DZ.35 type is the igniter usually employed.
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