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"Neutralizing Tellermine Igniters" from Tactical and Technical Trends

A note regarding neutralizing WWII German Tellermine igniters, from Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 36, October 21, 1943.

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In recent reports from engineers of the British Eighth Army, it is recommended that in all operational lifting of Tellermines the main igniter shall not be taken out of the mine, but instead, the slot shall be turned to Sicher (safe) and the safety bolt then pushed home. The igniter should be removed only when resistance is encountered in both of these actions.

This recommendation is based on reliable evidence and demonstrations by German prisoners of war when employed to lift their own minefields.


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