Original U.S. WWII German Anti-Tank Tellermine T.Mi.42 Training Mine

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a T.Mi.42 mine built by the United States in order to train their troops on how to deactivate live teller mines in the occupied Europe. The mine is totally inert, hollow, and marked dummy in yellow paint on the underside.

History of the teller mine: The Teller mine was a German-made antitank mine common in World War II. With explosives sealed inside a sheet metal casing and fitted with a pressure-actuated fuze, Teller mines had a built-in carrying handle on the side. As the name suggests (Teller is the German word for dish or plate) the mines were plate-shaped. Containing little more than 5.5 kilograms of TNT and a detonation pressure of roughly 200 pounds, the Teller mine was capable of blasting the tracks off of any World War II-era tank or destroying a lightly armored vehicle. Because of its rather high operating pressure, only a vehicle or heavy object passing over the Teller mine would set it off. Teller mines had two additional fuze wells (on the side and underneath) to enable anti-handling devices to be attached.

The Tellermine 42 (T.Mi.42) was a German metal cased anti-tank blast mine used during the Second World War. The mine was a development of the Tellermine 35 with improved resistance to blast. It was followed by the simplified Tellermine 43. The mine consists of a circular pressed steel main body with a large central pressure fluted steel plate. The pressure plate is smaller than the earlier Tellermine 35, which increases the mine's resistance to blast. Two secondary fuze wells are provided for anti-handling devices, one in the side, and one on the bottom of the mine. The mine has a carrying handle.


- Height: 102 mm

- Diameter: 324 mm

- Weight: 9.1 kg

- Explosive content: 5.5 kg of TNT or 50/50 Amatol

- Trigger weight: 100 to 180 kg


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