BRITISH STANDARD SHRAPNEL MINE MK I & II
Total weight of mine 8 lbs. Filling. Amatol 40/60. 40% Amatol and 6096 ammonium nitrate and 60% TNT.
Arming. Operation by trip-wire. Prepare safety pin for easy withdrawal. Remove cartridge pistol and drop in Balli-stite cartridge, cap upwards.
Replace cartridge pistol. Push pin in as far as it will go. Tighten with a spanner. Check safety pin of detonator pistol and remove pistol. Drop in capped detonator cap, cap upwards and replace pistol. Prepare hole so that pull at plate is aboveground. Place mine in hole and secure with pegs. Set up trip-wire. Lay out safety cord from both pins in pistols. Remove safety pin from cartridge pistol and detonator.
Disarming. Place safety pin in cartridge pistol and detonator. Disconnect trip-wire and lift mine. Remove detonator and cartridge pistols, tip out cartridge and capped detonator.
Note. Filling marked on green band. (Red band, normal filling HE, Red crosses, tropical filling. Red cross and dashes, tropical filling for limited period only. MK II
Same as MK I, but has longer detonator handle extending to length of outer cannister, wire handle and safety delay fuse under cap.
EP MK II ANTITANK MINE, DETONATOR & AMP- and secure with metal tabs. Cover and ULE . camouflage.
Total weight of mine 7 lbs. Filling Disarming. These mines should never
4 1/4 lbs. Gelignite or TNT. Minimum be disarmed unless absolutely necessary, safe spacing 5 yards. Carefully withdraw detonator. If
Testing. Withdraw steel rod and press stuck, do not force. To be destroyed. If firmly on cover to ensure that shear- necessary to remove, attach cable and wire is in order. Insert brass testing pull clear. Transport by hand only. If rod and push home. If rod cannot be ful- mine has been in ground for 2 months ly inserted, reject mine. Withdraw brass must not be transported even if disarmed rod» replace steel rod and secure. nor must they be stacked on top of each
Arming. Place ampule, red end first, other, Can be laid to a minimum space of into open end of detonator and seal with 2 yards.
luting (axel grease). Lay mine and stick Very much affected by climatic condi-beside each mine hole. tions owing to its Gelignite filling. It
Withdraw steel rod. Insert detonator will become very dangerous to handle if stick to its full length. Do not force, laid for any length of time.
EP No. 4 ANTI-PERSONNEL MINE.
This is an anti-personnel mine, normally operated by a switch, pressure EP No. 1, although it may be operated by any British switch. When the mine is fired, the cylinder containing shrapnel is lifted clear of the ground and then bursts.
Laying, (a) Dig a hole for the mine and switch, (b) Remove the lid from the mine, withdraw the inner cylinder and take out the fuse unit, (c) Thread the detonator end of the fuse through the tube, commencing at the lower end of the cylinder. Thread the other end of the orange fuse through the hole in the bottom of the container, from inside to outside. Draw through, lower the inner cylinder gently into the container at the same time. Make sure that the inner cylinder is fully down into the container, and the powder charge is comfortably between the two "distance pieces" at the bottom of the inner cylinder, (c) Connect the orange fuse to the switch being used, (e) Insert three sticks of Gelignite into inner cylinder. The stick remote from the fuse tube is prepared for the detonator, and the detonator pressed gently home. Replace the lid of the mine and seal with luting, (f) Cover the mine and the switch. EP SWITCH No. 1.
This is a tinplate device with a metal cylinder into which the igniter ampule can be inserted. The switch is enclosed in a cardboard cover to prevent ingress of sand, etc., which would prevent its operating. It is designed so that, when trodden on, the ampule will crush and set off the mine.
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