Alternative Name(s): Wire Cutters, Wirecutter, Wirecutters
Wirecutter used by British troops in World War I. This example has wooden handles and a loop for attaching to a strap or belt. Wire cutters were typically stored for easy acess on a utility belt.
Barbed wire posed a significant obstacle to attacking troops: it slowed or prevented progress across the battle field and made soldiers easy targets while they were tangled or being cut free. 'Wiring parties' of engineers were tasked with cutting through barbed wire blockades, often at night, working silently to avoid detection.
Cast metal wire cutter with long wooden handles, with a small loop at end of one handle for attaching to a strap. Mouth comprises two prongs of metal, flared outwards.
Donation from Australian War Memorial (AWM), Victoria, Victoria: State War Trophy Committee, 1955
Type of item
515 mm (Length), 170 mm (Width), 25 mm (Height)