Anti-personnel blast mine



The PMD-6 is a rectangular wooden anti-personnel blast mine sometimes called the 'Shoe-box' mine. It has been found in Afghanistan, Angola, Cambodia, Cyprus, Ecuador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Honduras, Iraq, Kurdistan, Lebanon, Mozambique, Namibia, Nicaragua, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, Tajikistan, Western Sahara, Yemen and Zimbabwe. Relatively easy to manufacture locally, its dimensions and colour may vary. It is usually either unpainted wood or olive green in colour.

Height: 65mm
Length: 190mm
Width: 90mm
Main charge: 200g TNT
Fuze: the fuse is usually an MUV type deployed so that pressure on the lid of the box pushes out the pin. The detonator is usually a stab-sensitive MD-2.

The picture above shows the mine and also the MUV arming pin and arming-delay mechanism, which works by a wire cutting a small strip of lead.

The mine can be deployed with a tripwire to release the pin, sometimes as a booby trap.

PMD-6 mines deteriorate in many ground conditions and may be attacked by rot and termites. The picture above shows the broken parts of a mine that has deteriorated. The detonator has corroded and fallen into two parts.