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German “Tellermine” Anti-tank Mine

German “Tellermine” Anti-tank Mine

Catalog #: 78553M    Accession #: 308845
Credit: Division of Military History and Diplomacy, National Museum of American History

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions: 4" H x 15" W x 12" D

Physical Description

German Model 43, metal case, small metal carrying handle, marked T.Mi.PH7.43 T. Mi. Z42.13A.

General History

The standard anti-tank mine used by the Germans in World War II was called the "Tellermine." It was loaded with one pound of TNT. It was a large flattened circular plate shaped mine with a carrying handle on one side. It featured a pull igniter for special use, but it was more commonly ignited with a centrally mounted detonator charge that was screwed into the base charge. It took 350 pounds to set off this mine which could rip the tracks off any tank.


Country: Germany
War: World War II
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