A booby trap is a device set up to be triggered by an unsuspecting victim. As the word trap implies, they often have some form of bait designed to lure the victim towards it. The device is triggered when the victim performs some type of everyday action e.g. opening a door or container, picking something up, kicking a can or something similar on a trail or moving an obstacle in your jungle path to name a few. Some are lethal and will kill a single or many soldiers when tripping a wire. Others traps are designed to cause injury or pain, thus taking away from the military effectiveness of a small group of soldiers – the injured soldier and equipment must be carried by two fellow soldiers – removing 3 soldiers from a single squad effects its overall effectiveness and ability to react quickly in an ambush. Secondly, the injured soldier must be evacuated to a hospital, so when the medivac helicopter lands, the aircraft and soldiers are caught in the open…offering the enemy an opportunity to inflict more damage.
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