Online tour 22 - Building at the front

"Supporting combat troops was as important as the amount of troops itself. Field work was therefore a major part of an operation’s success Without bunkers, trenches, railways, roads and other structures, the war would have been very different. The German positions, which proved themselves strong at the Third Battle of Ypres, were a fine example of this. The supply of material is essential for a successful offensive.

In 1917, the bad state of the soil hampered the arrival of supplies, which had serious consequences for the course of a series of battles"

Object 1: Barbed wire

In no man's land all kinds of obstacles were placed to prevent the opponent from attacking easily. A common obstacle was a barrier of barbed wire. Initially, wooden poles were used to attach the wire, but soon screw picks were developed. This made it possible to work quieter, faster and easier and they were less likely to break. (MMP1917, MZ 06708)


Object 2: Nippers

To make their way through barbed wire barriers, attacking troops often had nippers with them. There were also experiments with new tools, such as these cutters mounted on a rifle. (MMP1917, MZ 00540)


Object 3: Insulation box

This German insulation box is made of wood and has an inner side of galvanized steel, insulated with sawdust. It was used to keep food warm or cooled. (MMP1917, MZ 06010)