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Title: An expedient method for excavation of foxholes
Authors: Woodbury, George A.
Rooke, Allen D.
Keywords: Detonation
Military operations
Expedient construction
Explosive excavation
Hand augers
Military engineering
Publisher: Structures Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Miscellaneous paper (U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station) ; SL-81-15.
Description: Miscellaneous Paper
Abstract: A technique involving standard demolitions and a modified entrenching tool is examined as an expedient means of rapidly constructing a foxhole. The basic design was developed in sandy, clayey silt, with limited tests in other materials. It consists of simultaneous detonation of two small charges, total energy yield being 1.5-lb TNT, one charge above the other. Except in rocky soils, which prevent augering and emplacement of the lower charge, the result is a hole suitable for immediate cover and for improvement to meet standard foxhole criteria. Background and requirements are discussed, along with advantages and disadvantages of this method of construction. It is recommended that this technique be adopted as an expedient, and that additional research and hardware development be conducted as necessary to standardize it.
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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