Original WWII German Battlefield Pickup Shoe Mine 1942 Schu-mine 42 - Inert
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a totally original WWII German produced inert Schützenmine 42. It comes complete with wood body and correct bakelite fuse, and measures approximately 5" x 4" x 2 1/4". These are very hard to find, and most examples are ones that were never put into use. However, this example is definitely one that saw actual service, and is now quite aged looking. It was possibly never armed properly, but for some reason it was able to be recovered from the ground without detonating.
Condition is good but it does show age and weathering, with some delamination of the plywood body.. All but two of the small nails that hold the top of the lid on have rusted away or fallen out, so the top is mostly loose. A great chance to pickup a nice piece of WWII history!
The Schu-mine 42 (Shoe-mine), also known as the Schützenmine 42, was a German anti-personnel mine used during the Second World War. It consisted of a simple wooden box with a hinged lid containing a 200-gram (7.1 oz) block of cast TNT and a ZZ-42 type 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.
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