In warfare, a booby trap is an anti-personnel weapon that has a psychological attraction for enemy soldiers. As the word “trap” implies, they usually have some form of bait designed to lure the victim towards it.

In every case, triggering the booby trap device will kill or severely injure the victim. Boobytraps have been employed as an invaluable weapon of guerrilla warfare as well as conventional warfare. Individuals caught up in civil war have used boobytraps to protect personal property, food, and essentially themselves.

Boobytraps are not confined to any one application, nor is their use confined to one purpose.

The following range of books describe many different improvised booby traps and detail their construction.