U.S. WWII M1A1 Anti-Tank Training Mine

Item Description

Original Item: One Only

During WWII the United States developed and used several versions of Anti-Tank mines, starting with the M1, followed by the M1A1 and finally the M4. They all had the same basic design of a "spider" on the top of the mine being used to actuate a fuse in the center of the mine when it was subjected to enough pressure. The M1 Had two locations where it was filled with explosives, while the M1A1 only had one, as well as utilized a simpler design spider that required less machine time. The more advanced M4 mine also featured two secondary fuse locations that could be used to make the mines much harder to remove or defuse.

This particular mine is a recovered anti-tank training mine based on the M1A1 mine, indicated by the holes on the side of the mine, as well as the absence of any explosive fill hole. This model differs from the M1 version mainly due to the "spider" on top of the mine. The M1 utilized a Spider made of multiple pieces of bent steel welded together, while the M1A1 uses a spider made from a single stamping. There Some training mines also featured holes on the top of the mine so they could be filled with sand easily to increase the weight, but this version does not have these.

The mine is missing the carry handle, and has been repainted from the original Blue color, with replicated markings added. It has suffered rust damage throughout the exterior, which unfortunately removed any stamped markings that may have been present. Aside from that it is in good shape, with the spider and fuse still removable.

Perfect for any display or reenactment.

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