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War Diary entry written at midnight on 31/12/14:


We opened rapid fire on the Germans, our artillery also fired a 'salvo'. We also fired several bombs from our trench mortar, commonly and officially known as "Archibald". It was invented by Capt Pears, RE and consists of an iron drain pipe about 2 feet long with a butt end. It fires a jam tin filled with gun cotton and iron rivets and nails. Black blasting powder is used as the charge, which is ignited by a piece of slow fuze being stuck into the touch hole.




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