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Wiring parties going up to the front line after heavy rain

A wiring party making their way along a very wet and muddy road. They are all wearing steel helmets and carrying rifles. Three of the men are rolling large rolls of wire along the road. Two of the men in the distance are pausing on the road for a chat and a cigarette.

 

Being a member of a wiring party was dangerous and therefore not a popular task amongst the soldiers. The men had to set up wire entanglements using large rolls of wire and steel pickets, which were hammered into the ground, in areas where they could come under enemy fire.

 

[Original reads: 'SCENES ON THE WESTERN FRONT. Wiring parties going up to the front line after heavy rain.']

 

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Taken circa 1918