German man-trap : 6th Battalion AIF

Place Europe: France, Picardie, Somme, Bray Proyart Area, Herleville
Accession Number RELAWM00937
Collection type Technology
Object type Technology
Physical description Leather, Steel
Location Main Bld: First World War Gallery: Western Front 1918: Villers Bretonneaux
Maker Unknown
Place made Germany
Date made Unknown
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Steel man-trap with curved trigger base plate and two semi-circular toothed jaws. A degraded leather fob held in place with a cloth coated wire covers the spring arm fulcrum. The trap has been disarmed with the safety clips removed from the object.

History / Summary

German soldiers laid this trap to catch night patrols moving through no man's land in Herleville Wood in 1918. It was found by men of the 6th Battalion on the edge of a ravine below Herleville village on 23 August 1918. It is likely to have been modified from a boar trap.