German trench club
- Catalogue number
- WEA 4011
- Handle: wood
- Handle Core: lead
- String: textile
- Nails: iron alloy
- whole: Diameter 53 mm, Length 456 mm, Weight 0.542 kg
- Alternative names
- full name: German trench club
- simple name: concussive weapon, German
- Weapons and ammunition
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The specialized nature of trench warfare, as it developed during the First World War, spawned a variety of new weapons. Many of these, such as clubs and knives intended for close quarter fighting, recalled more primitive eras of warfare. This is one of most commonly found types of German trench club. It is simply a wooden truncheon into which boot nails have been driven. This weapon was brought back from France in 1918 by Albert Gulliver of the Royal West Kent Regiment.
wooden truncheon with carved hand grip, studded with triple boot nails.
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