The Shoe Mine.

by Daniel Russ on September 10, 2020

The Schü-mine 42 (Shoe-mine), or Schützenmine 42, was a German manufactured anti-personnel mine used during World War II. It was a wooden box with a hinged lid hiding a 200-gram (7.1 oz) block of cast TNT and a spring mounted type detonator.[1] A slot in the lid pressed down on the striker retaining pin, sufficient pressure on the lid caused the pin to move, releasing the striker which triggered the detonator.[2]

The mine was cheap to produce and deployed in large numbers. It had only a tiny bit of metal in it. So that made it hard to detect. Essentially, dogs had to sniff them out.  They were especially good at visiting casualties upon advancing infantry.

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