SilverFox100 Posted 24 October , 2013 Share Posted 24 October , 2013 I have been reading the war diaries of the Royal Warwick regiments and one in particular has caught my eye, the one above 2/7th. The above regiment was involved on 1st October 1916 in a raid on a German trench to capture an enemy soldier. It was in the Fauquissart sub section. The object of the raid was to and I quote from the orders "To enter the enemy's trenches, remain in for 10 minutes, kill Germans, obtain identification and prisoners, and blow up any mine shaft in the vicinity". The raid achieved its objectives, was successful in all matters and a report on the raid was made. This is the reason for my writing now - in the report and I quote again "Steel jackets worn by all ranks was the means of saving many wounds as many men report as having been struck by pieces of shrapnel which dented the steel plate and caused a small bruise on the body" In my rather limited experience of all things WW1, I have never come across this before in anything I have read. Has anybody else any experience of this? Did the steel jacket become a general means of protection and was it only ever used by raiding parties? I find this of great interest because I never thought anything like this existed at that time. Any comments, thoughts and knowledge would be great. Regards. Mike Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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