Soldiers often made their own trench clubs for use on trench raids or in hand-to-hand combat. The goal of the raid was usually to capture enemy prisoners, who would later be interrogated for information. Many small-scale raids depended on speed and stealth, with the raiders using silent, lethal weapons for their work. Other preferred raiding weapons were grenades, pistols, and knives. This club was fashioned from the handle of an entrenching tool, modified with an eight-pointed cast-iron ring.