Andy Smith
MIne-action specialist
Landmines, etc

Spot the VALMARA-69 (V-69) bounding fragmentation mine in the picture below.

There are already sources of information about mines available on the internet and I do not want to duplicate those. To avoid that, this section only covers the mines and ordnance that have featured most in recorded Humanitarian Demining accidents. It is rare for a deminer to suffer an accident, and when they do, more than half do not suffer any disabling injury. This is because most accidents occur with AP blast mines and the worst effects of these can be protected against in many circumstances.

To read about Hollywood's dramatic-mines, click on HSE mines.

For a list of all mines and devices in recorded demining accidents, click here. It does not necessarily follow that the items featured are more dangerous than others. In some cases it means that there are so many of them around that the chances of having an accident with them are higher. For example, the most common mine to feature in an accident is the PMN, which is probably the most common mine in the world (although it does not feature at all in some countries). Far fewer accidents happen with AT mines or with ordnance than with AP mines, probably because they were usually not designed to be initiated inadvertently by people.

Each entry in this section is short, and each contains a photograph or two. Some entries contain information that is not available elsewhere.

If you think a reference is inaccurate or incomplete, please email me with more information.

You can see the dust on the ground being sucked into the bottom of this AP mine detonation. Click on the link to see a stop-motion record.

AP blast


AP Fragmentation


AT mines




Explosives in mines


HSE Mines