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"German Field Exploder, 1941 Model" from Tactical and Technical Trends

A report on a German field exploder reported in Middle East during WWII, from Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 24, May 6, 1943.

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The existence of a German "Siemens" exploder, 1941 model, has been reported in the Middle East. It is smaller, lighter, and more compact than the 1937 model. There is no indicator window to show if the main spring is fully wound, but the exploder cannot be fired until the winding is complete. In the carrying case is a neon tube which can be placed across the exploder terminal. On firing, the tube will light up if the exploder is working properly.


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