Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Teller Mine 43

The Tellermine 43 was a German circular steel cased anti-tank blast mine used during the Second World War. It was a simplified version of the Tellermine 42, which enabled simpler production techniques. Between March 1943 and the end of World War II, over 3.6 million Tellermine 43s were produced by Germany. Copies of the mine were produced by several countries including Denmark (M/47), France (Model 1948) and Yugoslavia (TMM-1). The mine is found in Egypt and Libya.

The casing of the mine is circular, rising towards the center with a large flat pressure plate. A rectangular metal carrying handle is fitted to the side of the mine. The pressure plate sits over the fuze well which can hold either a T.Mi.Z.42 shear pin fuze or T.Mi.Z.43 ball release fuze. At the bottom of the fuze well is a PETN booster charge, surrounded by the doughnut shaped main charge of TNT. The mine has secondary fuze wells on the side and base to enable anti-handling devices to be fitted. Additionally, the T.Mi.Z.43 fuze functions as an anti-tampering device, detonating the mine if the pressure plate is lifted. The mine can also be fitted with a tilt rod fuze, screwed into to the side fuze well.

Height: 102 mm
Diameter: 318 mm
Weight: 8.1 kg
Explosive content: 5.5 kg TNT (sometimes Amatol)
Trigger weight: 100 to 180 kg


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