As a result of the large stocks of captured material which came into
possession of the Allied Nations after the fall of Tunisia, it has happened that the
lack of adequate storage or shelter facilities has made the proper care of some
of this material somewhat indifferently carried out.
Captured munitions in particular should be carefully handled if accidents
are to be avoided. For example, when stored for shipment or other purposes,
they must not be exposed to excessive heat nor direct sunlight, as in figure 1. In
this connection it has been reported that German Tellermines when so exposed
in storage have burst open as the result of expansion caused by excessive heat;
when this occurs the explosive fillers of the mines are exposed, thereby creating
a dangerous hazard (see figure 2).
If proper precautions are not taken accidental explosions will occur; in
fact a recent case has been reported where a number of German mines exploded