The bugbear of the troops in every advance was wire, and even when the preliminary bombardment was very ineffective clearing the way there was still a great deal to be cut During the Battle of the Somme anew device was tried, a pair of wire clippers fastened to the rifle. These men of the Worcestershire just going into action at Acheux on June 18,1916, have this device, but in practice it proved ineffective and was soon discarded. The sergeant in the* foreground is carrying the usual form of wire clippers, which were far more effective. Imperial War Museum, ’WARE WIRE, THE *WORCESTERS’
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