Andy Smith
MIne-action specialist
 

Mined area Indicators – Angola: Surveyor's stick

 

 

Sheet 15     Survey stick scene
(Page 1)

The picture shows a piece of abandoned ground with an old minefield survey stick lying in the foreground. Some rubbish has been thrown into the area and fallen wood has been left. These are clues that people do not enter the area.

There is a mine visible in the picture.

Suggested message(s):

  • Marking signs may not have been maintained.
  • In most cases mines are not visible but even when they are it can be very hard to spot them.

Sheet 16     Survey stick scene
(Page 2)

On the left of the picture is a small pressure mine called the MI AP DV 59. Made in France, it is sometimes also called the “Inkstand” or “inkwell”. The plastic arming-cap of the mine is lying level with the ground surface a little in front of the mine.

The painted survey stick is also a visible warning, of course.

Suggested message(s):

  • Mines are made in a great variety of shapes and sizes.
  • The pressure plate of some mines is very small.


Sheet 17   Survey stick scene
(Page 3)

The picture shows the MI AP DV 59 or “Inkstand” mine and the tube in which it was issued.

A – The black cardboard tube is the container in which the MI AP DV 59 mine was issued.

B – This is the MI AP DV 59 mine that is also known as the “Inkstand” or “inkwell”. The mine is 62mm in diameter (about 2½“). It has a friction fuze and a plastic cased detonator. This means that it has no metal content unless the heavy metal washer under the fuze is fitted.

C – This ring of tubes with plastic caps is the detonator container that is issued with the mines and may be discarded when the mines are primed.

D – These are the arming caps of the mine. Made from plastic, they fit over the top of the fuze and prevent it being accidentally pressed. They may be discarded nearby when the mines are laid.

E – This is a heavy metal washer that fits under the fuze assembly on the top of mine. It is the only metal content in the mine and can easily be left off when the mine is assembled.

Suggested message(s):

  • This mine is very small and can be impossible to find with a metal detector.
  • Several items may have been discarded when the mines were laid. If these items are found, deminers should not rely on their metal detectors.

 

 

 

Mined area
warning signs

 

Areas without
signs

 

Informal
warning
signs

 

Roads in
rural areas

 

 

Improvised devices
on roads

 

Surveyor's stick
scene

 

Fighter plane
scenario

 

Abandoned
grazing land

 

Tank
Scene

 

 

Washout
Scene

 

Embankment
Scene

 

Destroyed
train

 

Abandoned
building

 

Transporter
Scene

 

Angola bush
Scene

 

Power-line
Scene

 

Burnt-off
area

 

Trench
Scene

 

 

Angola
bush 2

 

OZM
Scene

 

Small
fuzes

 

 

How mines
age

 

Other common
AP mines

 

Other common
ordnance

 

Other common
indicators

 

Ammunition
dump

 

Mine
injuries

 

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