WWI Rifle Cover

UK soldier in wwi trench

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Why does he have the action on his rifle covered like that?  Is he a sniper?

3 Responses to “WWI Rifle Cover”

  1. Ritchie says:

    It could be a Ross rifle, which was sensitive to dirt getting in the works. I’m not expert enough to make the call, but we know Someone Who Is.

  2. Sam L. says:

    Trench warfare–dirty, wet, muddy; keeping the action covered makes a lot of sense to me.

  3. Cuban Pete says:

    Sharp trooper taking care of his important tool! The Western Front was not known for its cleanliness. Massive artillery barrages, low water tables, and all that clay of Flanders can get in the action.

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