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WW1 BRITISH WIRE CUTTERS, 1917
Worn by front line troops who often encountered barbed wire in the advance.
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Using these tools under fire would have been sheer suicide, crouching with no means of defence trying to cut your way through many yards of thick barbed wire was not an ideal situation for a method of attack.
Help was at hand when the first Tanks were used to cut through the barbed wire.
See Item A0994