MALICE AFORETHOUGHT: THE HISTORY OF BOOBY TRAPS
Author: Ian Jones MBE
Publisher: MBI Publishing, Aug 2005
Covers the malicious use of explosives in booby traps and sabotage devices from WWI to Vietnam including the devices' design, development, deployment, and effectiveness with photos and illustrations of many of the devices. 25 b/w photos, 30 ilus; 7x9 inches, 240 pgs.
Covers booby traps and manually emplaced munitions or devices designed to kill or injure that are set off by remote control or automatically after a lapse of time
FROM THE BOOK
In Italy in 1943 British troops came upon a highly desirable billet abandoned by the retreating Germans, its front door invitingly half open. Entering cautiously through a window, to avoid the likely booby trap, they approached the front door from inside and found attached to it the expected explosive charge apparently designed to function when the door was moved. They left the house and attached a line to the doorknob of the front door. They retreated across the road to a conveniently sited slit trench and pulled the line. A second trap hidden in the trench and connected to the door exploded and killed them all. This fiendish and lethal attack illustrates the effectiveness of booby traps and the ingenuity with which they can be laid.
About the Author:
Ian Jones has worked in bomb disposal for the last thirty-five years. As a major in the British Army, he served as officer commanding for all bomb disposal in Northern Ireland as well as working in Germany, Bosnia, Belize, Southern Africa, and most recently in Kosovo. He is now an explosives officer for the Metropolitan Police Force Bomb Squad in London