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Mystery object


John_Hartley
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This from 42nd Division war diary from July 1915, referring to an appearance in a Turkish sap:

"It was a wooden post, fixed in the ground with a pipe fastened to it, dead white in colour and covered with a fluffy composition, which might have been asbestos. It was about 18 inches above the parapet. During the day, it was practically destroyed by fire from a maxim gun and trench mortar but was still visible in the evening."

I've not a clue what this might have been. Any guesses?

John

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Sounds plausible - I was wondering what to call it.

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If the Manchester Regiment were opposite then I am almost tempted to suggest the IFTC mascot B)

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