Les Powell - Danger of buried grenades

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57 sec
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Department of Veterans' Affairs


I'll tell you what we had more problems with, in our defensive positions which had been there quite a while and the trenches around people and had been occupied by other forces at different times, like the Canadians and the British, the glorious Gloucester's, I think, had had our position once.

Around these trenches they would dig in boxes of grenades ready to be used if someone attacked them and over time some of them got covered over and we had a few accidents when people were extending trenches and of course, mattocks or whatever we were using in those days uncovering and setting off grenades so, yeah, that was a bigger danger I think than all the minefields. The mortars were a bit of a problem because they were coming in all the time.

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