Notes On The Construction And Equipment Of Trenches (1917) by Army War College

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One man places the wire in position on the diagonal. The third man clips the loose wire to the diagonal. Party F comes 15 yards behind E and runs out the second straight wire. Party G drives the third row of pickets, measuring the posi­ tion of each from those of the second row. Party H starts 6 yards behind G and puts on the second diagonal. Party I starts 12 yards behind H and runs the second loose wire. Party K starts 15 yards behind I and completes the bay with the third straight wire. The direction is kept by the men of the left file who provide them­ selves with a piece of string or tape, equal in length to the distance from the parapet to the front edge of the wire.

Then run diagonals of similarly twisted wire from the top of each picket to the bottoms of the pickets on both sides. Where the diagonals and horizontal wires cross in the middle of the panels, join them together with a short piece of plain wire. This gives a framework to hold the rabbit wire. Run the rabbit wire behind the framework; that is, between the framework and the bank. Pull it as tight as possible and attach it to the framework in many places with short lengths of plain wire. Put on the anchor wires and draw the poles up against the bank.

87. —These consist of gal­ leries of variable dimensions, opened in the walls of the trenches and approaches, and usually lined with timber like mine casings. The entrance should be closed with a strong door. They are used to store water, rations, ammunition, grenades, pioneer tools, portable searchlights, field glasses, maps, range finders, periscopes, lighting pistols, and rockets. Depots for engineer material are usually in­ stalled in the angles of the approaches. Depots for water, rations, tools, and sandbags are usually established about 20 yards to the right of the company command post (par.

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