One of the most interesting new products we’ve added recently is the US M1 Anti-Tank Mine, a reproduction of those used in WW2. We found loads of interesting details whilst researching the Tank-Mine, so we’ve put together an extended product piece explaining how the originals worked, their role in WW2 and more.
About a year ago, we introduced the WW2 German Tellermines to our website. Needless to say, everyone in the office got rather excited about such an interesting new product, and having taken them to all of our summer shows, it seemed we were not the only ones! This led us to have a look into what similar products we could develop. We settled on the US M1 Tank-Mine, which after spending Autumn 2015 working on, went live early this year (2016). Now we have our brand new blog up and running we thought it would be a great product to help kick us off!
The M1 Anti-Tank Mine was used primarily in the early stages of WWII. They are visibly very different to the German Tellermines, with a large pressure spider at the top of the mine as opposed to a large plated disc. When a large amount of downward pressure came onto the spider, it would use a striker to ‘strike’ the detonator centre of the mine which would then set off the explosion. The threshold for the mine was set around 226 kilograms; high enough to let people get away with accidently stepping on it, but low enough to ensure it could be triggered by tanks and armoured vehicles. They would typically have been hidden amongst the dirt or a small layer of foliage to keep them concealed and hidden from enemy tank crews.
The mines were succeeded by the M1A1 Mine in 1943 which featured a slightly improved fuse and detonation design. The War Department Field Manual for the Corps of Engineers called “Land Mines and Booby Traps” was published in November 1943, not long after the US stopped manufacturing the M1. It explains that “the principle difference between the two models is that in the mine M1 the booster is
an integral part of the fuse; in the mine M1A1 the booster is a separate part.” These were later replaced by the M4 which featured further upgrades to the detonation mechanics.
Our reproductions are the culmination of our research into the Tank Mines.
We’ve worked hard to make a great display version of the mine, with all the features you’d expect to find on an original. The mines do not have the internal fuse working, but from the outside they’re a very convincing addition to a re-enactment set. We’ve also left off the text on the mines, as we have found examples of varying text (colour and wording). This means we’ve got a great looking mine which you can easily customise to fit in with any existing dummy explosives you might already have in your display set. They’ve been finished in a smart Olive Drab, and have a detachable spider and fuse guard as well. They are going to look great on vehicles, and we look forward to seeing them out and about at some of the shows we’ll be going to this year (news on our show schedule coming soon!).
The WW2 US M1 Anti-Tank Mine is available from our Website for £44.95 (or just £39.95 each when you buy 3 or more). They are non-functioning reproductions made from sheet metal, and are only available for delivery to UK Mainland. CLICK HERE to see our product listing on the Website.