FROGMEN

obstacles

Rehearsal for Deadly Duty

Some of the most hazardous work of the undersea fighters of the UDT is done not at depth, but in the very shallow water along the breakers or even higher up on the beach, where they may be subjected to enemy rifle and machine-gun fire. This trainee is lying prone in the shallow surf while attaching an explosive charge to a landing obstruction made of welded railroad rails set up on the beach. During World War II, when the UDT men found that enemy small-arms fire was too hot for them, they devised a game that could be played only by Frogmen. They would sink to the floor of the harbor well under water and try catching enemy bullets in their teeth after the bullets had hit the water overhead, lost momentum, and then sunk slowly down toward them. Sometimes, even in the face of enemy fire, they would dash ashore and dig messages, often highly uncomplimentary, in the sand for the enemy to find. They're quite a gang!

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