By Billy L Nielsen

In the event of an extreme emergency or catastrophe, the urge to survive will be the one most uppermost instinct in all men. As we prepare for an eventual crisis, we begin stocking up on food, water, defense firearms and ammunition.Having made the above provisions, we next must consider keeping and protecting these precious supplies, as well as keeping alive. Booby traps will not only help protect one against unwelcome intruders, but can also serve as an alarm system. It should be stressed that all of the following are extremely dangerous and can and will cause extreme harm and death. They are definitely not toys to play with, nor to be used as a prank. As anyone who has been to Viet Nam will tell you, these devices have been used against our Forces with deadly effeet i veness.

The first group of Booby Traps are classified as 'Stationary' traps, which means that no movement on the part of the trap itself is required to cause a resulting action. The first and simplest to make is the ordinary 1Spike Board' trap. This device consists of a wooden board of barbed spike board

The Spike Boards are mostly used as a harassment or delaying device and are usually placed in a small pit about 10 to 12 M deep.They are placed on well traveled trails or paths.

A good place to place these traps is on the main path to the survival shelter or hideout. I should like to mention at this time that some method of marking your booby traps should be used so that you won't become a victim of your own trap. Some suggestions are, a twig broken or bent, a piece of string or yarn placed on a tree near the trap to mark its location. Do not make your marking too obvious, or it will re-


A variation of the 'Spike Board' is one called the 'Barbed Spike 8d. The construction of this one is similar to the plain 'Spike Board' except that the points of th« nails are flattened and filed to a barb after being driven through the board. Fig. 2 The purpose of the 'Barbed Spike Board' is to prevent immediate withdrawl of the spikes, thereby requiring the victim to be carried back branches with leaves,grass,etc.-

branches with leaves,grass,etc.-

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veal the location to the wroi\g person.

The next type of trap is the 'Punji Pit', borrowed from the North Vietnamese. The Punji Pit is a pit or hole dug into the ground approximately k ft. square and 5 to 6 ft. deep. Several small saplings or long stakes are driven into the bottom of the pit and the tips of the stakes are sharpened. The entire pit is covered with interwoven small twigs or branches and covered with grass or leaves,depending on placement of the pit.This one can really be deadly! Fig.4 A simpler use of the Punji is sometimes very effective when used in fields where tall grass or weeds grow.In this trap the sticks are driven into the ground at an angle of about 30 to *t0°.

Anyone walking or running through the field will run into these stakes. .

^/-branches with leaves,grass,etc.

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