SD2 BUTTERFLY BOMB WINGS.
MINOR UPDATE…….I SNAGGED TWO OF THESE…..THAT’S RIGHT TWO!!!! THE GREEDY BUGGER THAT I AM. I THINK THEY BOTH HAVE THE ARMING WIRE ALSO.
Victory is mine! Snagged an unmolested set set FINALLY!!!!!! original paint and in not too bad a condition. A soak in the “juice” & I think they will come out looking good.
Now If iIcan just locate a charge body……….
Got my ICE MINE all set up.
German Impact Fuze A.Z. 38 for HEAT Projectiles.
Armed by centrifugal force on brass segmented shutters released on firing.
Used in Projectiles:
*HEAT = HIGH EXPLOSIVE ANTI-TANK
Victory is mine! Just landed this Teller Mine T.Mi. 35 fuze setting tool. Its a bit crusty…but I have seen worse. Its going into the EVAPORUST bath tonight.
The 4 pics at the bottom are of a MINT condition unit that sold just recently on eBay (missed it but did bid) & is posted here for refrence.
The fuze wrench to the left in the first photos is for sale at $40.00 INCLUDING GLOBAL SHIPPING if anyone is interested.The second of the Tellermine series this mine was, until 1943, the standard anti-tank mine in use. It was encountered in FRANCE in 1939-40 and in very large numbers throughout the North African campaigns. In spite of the introduction of newer mines, the Tellermine 35 continued to make its appearance until the last days of the war.
Perhaps the chief advantage over the 29 model was that pressure on any part of the cover would fire the mine although this entailed a considerable increase in blast sensitivity.
In retrospect both mine and igniter appear to have been too elaborate, since an equivalent efficiency was obtained from subsequent less complicated designs.
The pressed steel case of the T.Mi.35 was circular with a flat base and slightly convex cover and was provided with a carrying handle on the side. The cover or pressure plate of the mine, which was of aluminium alloy, was held against the flange of a skirt, also of aluminium alloy, by a strong spring. The skirt was secured by screws to the case and a rubber gaiter held by the skirt and fixed to the cover ensured the watertightness of the mine. The main igniter was the T.Mi.35 which screwed into a hole in the centre of the cover with a rubber washer sealing the joint. In the centre of the main body was a well for the detonating assembly which consisted of the detonator and its retaining collar and positioning the base of the main igniter rested on a rubber washer on the collar and incorrect positioning rendered the mine either too sensitive or too sluggish.
Two additional igniter sockets were provided for fitting anti-handling devices, one in the side opposite the handle and the other in the base between the handle and the centre of the mine.
The main filling of the mine was cast T.N.T. and there was a primer of pressed T.N.T. round each of the igniter sockets.
A maker’s code number and the date of manufacture was stencilled or stamped on the cover and the subsidiary igniter sockets were covered with paper labels on which was printed “T.Mi.35” and details of the year of manufacture and filling.
The mine was nominally laid under about four inches of soil, measured from the cover. As the mine was delivered with the igniter and detonator in place, all that remained to be done when the mine was laid in the ground was to turn the screw on the top of the igniter from “Sicher” to “Scharf” and then to withdraw the safety bolt with the wire provided. The mines when buried were to be laid a distance of 4 metres (13 ft.) apart or when laid on the top of the ground 8 metres (26 ft.) apart.
A special tool was provided for adjusting the positioning collar before issuing the mine. After the detonator and its retaining collar had been inserted and the collar screwed up with a special key, the positioning collar was put in and screwed in a short distance. The special tool was then screwed into the hole in the cover, having first had the igniter washer put on it. The tool consisted of a housing with a key sliding through the centre. This key was engaged in the collar which was then screwed up until a mark on the key coincided with a mark on the housing. The collar was then positioned correctly and secured by screwing up a grub screw until it came against the detonator collar.
Pressure anywhere on the lid sufficient to overcome the main spring and shear the shear pin in the igniter would fire the mine. As the mine was very nearly airtight this pressure varied considerably; thus a sustained load of 300 lbs was sufficient to fire the mine, while with a sharply applied pressure, the load required was in the order of 650 lbs. The official German figures were given as approximately 400 lbs at the centre and approximately 200 lbs at the edge of the mine.
A special device for producing a rapid obstacle across roads was often effectively used. This was a pressure bar consisting of a narrow bar fitted at either end with a circular junction piece in two semi-circular halves which could be used to connect a number of bars together. Two or more Tellermines were placed in line at intervals of 1.5 metres (approx. 5 ft.) and the pressure bars laid across them and connected in such a way that the main igniter of each mine projected through the circular hole in the centre of the two semi-circular plates of the junction pieces. The whole assembly then formed a rigid ‘stick’ of five or six mines which could be picketed at one end and swung across the road by means of a rope attached to the other end. Sockets were provided at intervals along the sides of the bars for attachment of camouflage covering which could be inserted prior to laying if the obstacle was to be used in a hurry. As an example of the time required to lay this type of obstacle seven Tellermines plus six bars could be assembled by five men in three minutes.
The mine was supplied in special steel cases each holding two mines which were packed igniter to igniter.
Just dropped my K98 on my foot. A sock is not a safety boot.
So I put a post out there to ask me anything about my collection or about collecting in general & I got a few replies. The first one came in from http://myserialthrilla.tumblr.com/ She wanted to see any of the MEDICAL items in my collection, no problem. I only have 3 so here is the first.
This is a mid war VERBANDKASTEN (Band-aid box). This is basically a small vehicle first aid box. This would have been issued as part of the basic equipment for most German WW2 vehicles. Its very similar to the first aid kits you see in your work place these days. Just a basic kit to patch you up.
This steel case is painted in the standard Ordnance Tan typical of all German field equipment post 1942. The inner lid has a large contents label glued to it. The lid also has a gasket so that the box once closed & latched it is water tight. On one end of the box there is a folding carry handle.
The red cross on the lid is painted on. The VERBANDKASTEN is stenciled on in black.
I have included a few photos that I found on the net showing some variations in construction & colour. Early war (pre 42) VERBANDKASTEN were painted in field grey. They also came made of wood.
Here is some more info on this item: http://collection39-45.creerforum.eu/t219-verbandkasten-et-materiel-medic-allemand
& boom goes the dynamite.
Another for the museum library. I’m going to have to start looking for a card index. This one is great because it covers German sabotage equipment.
My A.Z. 23 fuze key arrived from Germany last evening. I will try put a post together this weekend about it with more info maybe even a Gif or two.