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"French 75-mm Shells in Mines" from Tactical and Technical Trends

The following intelligence report on the German use of French shells in mines was originally published in Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 45, April 1, 1944.

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Among the purposes for which the Germans are using captured ammunition is the improvisation of wooden box mines, each containing four 75-mm French shells (for previous reference in Tactical and Technical Trends to this subject see No. 43, p. 7).

The box mines are 7 1/2 inches square and 12 inches high. Nose caps in the shells are removed and two of the four shells are plugged while each of the other two has a pressure igniter in place of the usual fuze. The lid of the box is loose and rests on the firing mechanisms, which presumably are pressure operated. No further details are available.


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