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Frank Swannell Diaries: Part I


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formerly occupied by the enemy.

They consist of a square metal case, 4" x 6 1/2" x 12 1/2". They contain pieces of steel rods 1/4" in diameter x 1/2" in length, closely packed together in a substance which is either resin or some explosive mixture. The main change is aT one end of The mine and is exploded by a pair of [illegible] [illegible] To receive deTonaTors. One end of The [illegible] [illegible] is painTed black over a depTh of 3", The remainder being mud-color. excepT for a whiTe paTch 6 1/2" sq. on The rear face of mine (on which are The holes for inserTing The deTonaTors. These mines are evidenTly To be placed eiTher on The surface of The ground on half-buried some disTance in fronT of The enemy's Trenches. + To be exploded elecTrically from his Trench should we deliver an assaulT. The whiTe side of The case enables an observer in The Trenches To locaTe The mine exacTly + To fire iT aT The correcT Time.

BC Archives, MS-0392, Box 1, Volume 4, FRANK SWANNELL PAPERS, Diary and enclosures, 1915.