Reports from the European theater indicate that present German mine
technique is consistent with that used in North Africa except for a more varied and
increasing use of antipersonnel mines. It has been noted, for example, that German
engineers are very active in equipping their own demolition projects with antipersonnel
mines to retard repair work by Allied engineers.
Use of deeply-buried antitank mines is prevalent (see Tactical and Technical
Trends, No. 41, p. 18 for previous references to this subject). As paved roads
become worn, holes are broken in the surface. Such holes are advantageous to
the enemy as places where mines may be concealed beneath a thick covering of
earth. Because of the thick cover it is possible for the Germans to drive their
own vehicles over the mines to effect excellent camouflage. Then, although the
road may be examined and used by Allied vehicles for many hours without
mishap, eventually the damaged surface will be worn down and another passing vehicle
will explode the mine.