Anti-tank Mine : Flachmine 17", Germany

Accession Number RELAWM04162
Collection type Technology
Object type Munition
Physical description Tin, Wood
Location Main Bld: First World War Gallery: Western Front 1918: Villers Bretonneaux
Maker Unknown
Place made Germany
Date made 1917
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Description

German anti-tank mine (Flachmine 17"), wooden box with tin cover.

History / Summary

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.

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