Note my flash swinging bed, rigged around two piquets.
"Killer Dawson" "355" underneath. 1953.
This was a good class bunker for 355 area, Charlie never gave us the
chance to build anything substantial. Each morning at the first sign of
fresh earth tossed around, he would shell and mortar the crap out of it.
Note the fancy swinging bed made from wiring piquets, signal wire and some
sort of mesh. This art-work was suspended from the logs which made up the
bottom layer of the overhead cover of the bunker.
Piquets, or pickets, were poles about 6' long, used for many tasks such as stringing the barbed wire boundaries for mine fields and as defensive positions permitted.
The majority of foxholes or bunkers were very basic, a hole dug deep
enough to at least crouch inside. Bunks cut into the walls, there were
sometimes three men to a hole in the front-line positions. The roof was
made of logs, piquets, several layers of filled sandbags, old ponchos or
tarpaulin if obtainable for water proofing. This was topped by a foot or
more of soil and perhaps shrubs. Rocks were avoided in the topping as it
was believed they caused more damage if hit by incoming mortars or shells.
The finished product was at ground level on the forward positions, to make
them less obvious to Charlie. Those at the rear didn't need to go to so
much trouble as they were generally out of sight. Thus you had two
different types of living quarters on the one hill.