Patrols were sometimes sent into No Man’s Land to fix barbed wire fences as well as trying to eavesdrop on the enemy. Listening Posts were the army’s way of trying to get valuable information from the enemy. Enemy Armies sometimes came face to face in No Man’s Land. They were forced to hurriedly run in the opposite direction or engage in a hand to hand battle. While they were patrolling they could not bring hand guns with them, it would attract snipers and put their whole patrol group at risk.
“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones. “