|Object type||Explosive device|
|Physical description||Tin, Wood|
|Location||Main Bld: First World War Gallery: Western Front 1918: Villers Bretonneaux|
First World War, 1914-1918
Anti-tank Mine : Flachmine 17", Germany
German anti-tank mine (Flachmine 17"), wooden box with tin cover.
Found at Chuignes on 23rd August 1918. Flachmine 17" anti-tank mines were mass produced by the Germans when British and French tanks began to arrive on the battlefield in 1916. They consisted of a wooden box with four spring-activated percussion detonators and a main charge, which would be detonated when a heavy object passed over it.