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Private John “Barney” Hines surrounded by German equipment he looted during the Battle of Polygon Wood, part of the Third Battle of Ypres, in September 1917. He is counting money stolen from German POWs, wearing a German Army field cap and sitting amidst German weapons and personal equipment.

One contemporary account tells of an occasion when Hines reached a German pill box and danced on the roof taunting the occupants to come out. When nothing happened he lobbed a couple of Mills bombs through the gun openings, killing some and forcing the rest, about 63 of them, to come out with raised arms. He duly collected his souvenirs from them and herded them back to the Australian lines