Today They’re Called IED’s Back In WWII They Were Called “Booby Traps”
During the war in Iraq and Afghanistan IED’s came into their own. Simply put, an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) was widely used by insurgents during the war and they were used with deadly and devastating effect against American troops. But, back in the second world war, these devices were simply called “booby traps” and like now, they caused havoc among our soldiers.
Booby traps get their name from a docile marine bird called a “booby” that was so dim-witted it just walked into sailors traps. But there’s nothing dumb about a booby trap. They are the ultimate psychological weapon specifically designed to maim and kill when the soldier thinks he’s safe.