Original U.S. WWII 1944 Dated SCR 625-C Mine Detector

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. The SCR-625 was a mine detector that was used by the United States during WWII. The 625 had a total length of 1.8 meters and a total weight of 3.4 kilograms. Its design consisted of a metal coil at the bottom of the searching rod which led into the operator's bag which itself contained the batteries needed for operation. The operator of the detector was also given a pair of headphones.

This mine sweeper detector consists of the following:

- Chest CH-15G-F
- Amplifier BC-1141-G
- Control box BC-1140-C Dated 1944
- Exploration disc model C-446C
- Technical manual 11-1122 dated April 6, 1943
- Other accessories

We cannot verify if this unit is functional but it appears complete, undamaged and in very good condition.

The SCR-625 Mine Detector has a characteristic shape that has become quite familiar. It had a six foot long exploring rod that the operator held. At the end of the rod was a pie shaped search coil, mounted under an 18 inch diameter wooden disk. Strapped to the operator’s side in a canvas haversack were the dry-cell batteries that induced a magnetic field around the search plate and amplifier. The resonator was attached to the operator’s shoulder. A set of earphones completed the instrument.

The entire detector set weighed 7.5 pounds and produced a low hum in the operator’s earphones. The SCR-625 discerned metallic mines 6 to 12 inches below the surface, rather than the desired 18 inches, but was acceptable because few mines were ever buried more than 12 inches below ground.

The detector was standardized and put into production by the Army's Services of Supply in September 1942 and was available for the American units that landed in Morocco in November. Overall, the new detector performed well and became one of the most popular pieces of Army equipment in North Africa. It had two serious shortcomings: it was not waterproof and it was quite fragile.

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