Traps

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.

A booby trap is a device or setup that is intended to kill, harm, or surprise a person or animal, unknowingly triggered by the presence or actions of the victim. As the word trap implies, they sometimes have some form of bait designed to lure the victim towards it.
 
At other times, the trap is set to act upon trespassers that violate personal or restricted areas. The device can be triggered when the victim performs some type of everyday action, e.g., opening a door, picking something up, or switching something on.
 
They can also be triggered by vehicles driving along a road, as in the case of victim-operated improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
 
Booby traps should not be confused with mantraps which are designed to catch a person. Lethal booby traps are often used in warfare, particularly guerrilla warfare, and traps designed to cause injury or pain are also sometimes used by criminals wanting to protect drugs or other illicit property, and by some owners of legal property who wish to protect it from theft
 
Booby traps which merely cause discomfort, or embarrassment, are a popular form of practical joke.

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