Andy Smith
MIne-action specialist
 

Mined area Indicators – Angola Bush 2

 

 

Sheet 43      Angolan bush  
(Page 1)

The picture shows an area of bush close to a small dam. The dam has been defensively mined more than once during the fighting.

Suggested message(s):

  • You may not be able to see the thing that a minefield was placed to defend.
  • Always use well-worn paths when they approach towns, buildings and public works like dams.


Sheet 44    Angolan bush
(Page 2)

The picture shows the range of indicators that are present in this minefield. The mines are POMZ-2 and POMZ-2M stake-mounted fragmentation mines.

From the left, the red arrows indicate:

  1. On the top left is a POMZ-2 lying on the ground. It is very corroded and its wooden stake has rotted away. The corroded mine still has a fuze attached but the pin has rusted away. A mine in this condition could explode spontaneously.
    Beneath it are a POMZ-2M on a stake and a POMZ-2 without a stake. The picture shows how they differ.
  2. The two POMZ mines at the bottom of the picture are a POMZ-2 on the left and a POMZ-2M on the right. Both take MUV fuzes (initiators) but the fuze attaches more securely to the improved POMZ-2M.  Between them are examples of the 75g rods of TNT explosive that fit inside the mines.
  3. On the bottom right of the page is a close-up of an area beside a tree where a second POMZ-2M was placed when the minefield was “patched”. It is very hard to see. 
  4. On the top right of the page there is a close-up view of some rubbish left in the minefield. An old tin can lies beside some ammunition wrapping.

Suggested message(s):

  • Whenever possible, avoid passing through bush where there is no path.
  • If you find any military articles or things with Russian writing on them, avoid the area.
  • Some innocent items like old food tins may be indicators of possible danger.

 

 

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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