MEN AT WAR: Samson & the Grenades

On Korea's Hill 217, time hung heavy on the hands of huge, handsome Rifleman William ("Samson") Speakman of the Black Watch. It was the eve of Guy Fawkes Day (Nov. 5), a day on which Britons remember with firecrackers the anniversary of the 1605 "Gunpowder Plot" on Parliament, and that gave Samson an idea. "Let's build up a nice pile of grenades," he suggested to Sergeant "Dolly" Duncan. "Then, when the Commies come, we'll let 'em have it." Dolly agreed, and the two set to work filling a trench with hand grenades and chuckling over the Guy Fawkes surprise...

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