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British wire cutters in 1915


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Hello,

What type/model of wire cutter did the British infantry use in 1915?

regards,

Cnock

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Hi,

and how this looks?

regards,

Cnock

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Hello Khaki,

Thanks!

I know this model but didn't knew the name of it

regards,

Cnock

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Cutter, wire, Mark V.

Bradbury was just one company that made them, as were Wolseley, Buck & Highman, etc.

see http://1914-1918.invisionzone.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=98464

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Hello Chris,

thanks!

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Cnock

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These were in use before 1914. The earliest date I've seen is 1912.

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These were in use before 1914. The earliest date I've seen is 1912.

Hello, nice to read something about the Bradbury wire cutters. I just received one which was found at a battlefield at Langemarck (Flanders, Belgium) where the British fought in October 1914 (1st Ypres) and as well in August 1917 (rd Ypres).

The Broad Arrow mark (Crow Foot) can still be seen on it and something (letters) that may be the remains of an inscription,

though I have no idea what the inscription (or stamp) may have been, neither do I have an idea if there are differences in the marks, stamps of the 1912, 1914, 1915 or later Badbury wire cutters . Who can be of help in this?

Since barbed wire wasn't in use yet that early in 1st Ypres, I suspect the wire cutter was lost, left there during the Battle of Pilckem or subsequent (2nd) Battle of Langemarck in August 1917.

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here a full photo of the wire cutter which was found just after the war at Langemarck and ever since then was in use, until now, by my farming family.

Frank

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