Archive for Anti-personnel Mines

German Trip Wire Spool

Posted in Mines with tags , , , , on March 13, 2017 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgWell it doesn’t get much more dull than this. This small spool contains the tripwire used to set up the Stockmine 43 and Bouncing Betty mines as booby traps. The wire comes in two colours, desert yellow and temperate green. This one is marked YBW for the manufacturer. These spools are almost identical to those used by the U.S.Army during WW2 and postwar. The difference is in how the spool core is turned and on the code marking.rsz_tripwire.png

German Glasmine 43

Posted in Mines with tags , , , on April 17, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis is a German antipersonnel mine made almost entirely of glass. This was so that it would be harder to detect using a mine detector. Because it relies on the 220g blast charge it is intended to maim primarily by taking a leg or foot off an individual soldier.

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German Stockmine 43

Posted in Mines with tags , , , on April 17, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis is a German cement mine that has metal fragments in it. Inside was a 100gram Bohrpatrone charge. Screwed in through the top was a ZZ42 zünder, although this one came with a druckzünder 35A.

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German FlaschenEismine42

Posted in Mines with tags , , , on April 17, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis is an interesting piece. It’s called an “ice mine”. The original German theory for the use of these mines was that they should be suspended on 6-foot lengths of wire below the surface of ice-covered rivers. The mines were placed 16-feet apart and at intervals mines were set to be ignited by electrical detonation. The explosion of one mine would set up a sympathetic detonation which would explode those in the adjacent area. The mines were later used as A/P ground mines, employing the Fl.Es.Mi.Z igniter and adapted for use with other pressure type igniters.

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German M35 Bouncing Betty Antipersonnel Mine

Posted in Mines with tags , , , on April 16, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgWell what can I say that the title already didn’t? This is a M35 Antipersonnel mine with the compound three zunder setup on top. This was replaced by the M44 in 1944 that was simpler to manufacture. This is quite heavy and rather nasty inside as it contains hundreds of sharp medal rod clippings designed to tear the shit out of people.

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Sappers from the British 51st Highland Division render a group of M35’s safe somewhere in the Western Desert.

 

German Schützenmine 42

Posted in Mines with tags , , , on April 15, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis mine was a non-metallic anti-personal mine containing a 200 gram blast charge and was triggered by a ZZ42 detonator. My one is missing the wooden spacing blocks that held the charge block in place.

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