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This model is made entirely of Bakelite to evade Mine Detectors, and was produced after the War. No other information is known.

Other models like the Tellermine 35 (T.Mi.35) was a German metal cased anti-tank mine used extensively during the Second World War. The mines case was made of sheet steel, and has a slightly convex pressure plate on the top surface with a central fuse well. Two secondary fuse wells are located on the side and bottom of the mine for anti-handling devices.

For use on beaches and underwater, the mine could be deployed inside a specially designed earthenware or concrete pot, which acted as a waterproof jacket for the mine.

A later variant of the mine, the T.Mi.35 (S) was produced with a ribbed case and a fuse cover. The ribbed case stopped sand from blowing off the top of the mine when it was used in a desert or sandy environment.

Pressure of 400 pounds (180 kg) on the centre of the mine or 200 pounds (90 kg) on the edge of the mine deforms the pressure plate compressing a spring, and shearing a retaining pin holding the striker. Once the striker is released it is driven into a percussion cap which ignites the detonator followed by the booster charge and main charge.
During 'D' Day the Germans mounted Tellermines on poles just below the waves on the beaches to stop the landing crafts that were expected in the event of an invasion.

Your comments:

  • This is the Czechoslovakian PTMiBa-III (3) Bakelite Anti Tank Mine from the Cold War, Warsaw Pact era (1970's-80's). It uses the RO-II (2) cocked Striker Fuse. I have cleared many of these in Kuwait in 1991 and the Majnoon Oil Fields (Iran/Iraq War 1983-88) in Iraq in 2011. I have photos, fuses & an example in my collection. I have illustrated this mine in Janes Landmines of the World.

    .......... Robert Gravett (Bob), Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK., 16th of May 2018

  • This is a tsech mine, it dates after WW2.Name PTMiBA..
    .......... Herman Mattheus, scherpenheuvel Belgium, 16th of September 2009

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