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Original Finnish WWII Era Penaali “Pencil Case” M43 Box Mine - Inert

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Original Item: Only One Available. This is an interesting mine from WWII. This mine is nearly identical to the German WWII Schu-Mine 42. These mines were designed with the low cost intent to defeat the early mine detectors, a crude but rather efficient way to eliminate your enemy.

The mine is totally inert and is completely empty and no longer contains a fuse, explosive content or shrapnel material. It is in complete compliance per the current BATF regulations governing ordnance.

Much like the German Schu-mine 42 (Shoe-mine), also known as the Schützenmine 42, this was a Finnish anti-personnel mine used during the Second World War. It consisted of a simple wooden box with a hinged lid containing a block of cast TNT and a detonator. A slot in the lid pressed down on the striker retaining pin, sufficient pressure on the lid caused the pin to move, releasing the striker which triggered the detonator.

The mine was cheap to produce and deployed in large numbers. As an early example of a minimum metal mine, it was difficult to detect with early metal detectors - the only metal present was a small amount in the mine's detonator. During the Normandy Campaign the British resorted to using explosive detection dogs to find them.

Comes more than ready for further research and display.

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