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    i have a nice s-mine inside have many iron ball . the top have maker mark 43 (1943) bre 68 , the fuze have mark en 44 i think missing the first letter

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    more pic of this s-mine !!
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    Fantastic! It looks in great shape.

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    detail of s-mine ,the early type have ball inside and the late type have scrap metal inside
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    great!!! informative pic for all

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    Here is a diagram made by a British Officer who attended a mine clearance course in North Africa. I have all his notes about different mines and grenades.

    Cheers, Ade.
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    Here is my deactivated "Bouncing Betty".

    Cheers, Ade.
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    Pierre, That is one great looking S-Mine...WOW...BILL
    "As long as there are brave men and warriors the halls of Valhalla will never be silent or empty"

    In memory of my father William T. Grist December 26, 1920--September 10, 2009..
    901st. Ordnance H.A.M. North Africa, Italy, Southern France....ETO
    Also in memory of my mother Jane Kidd Grist Feb. 22, 1920-- September 27, 2009... WWll War bride May 1942...

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    Thank Bill ! Adrian , interesting document , this officer make a good work

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    Great Model 35 Pierre !!
    I have a M35 like yours and was also able to find a Model 44 which is harder to find since they made less of them.
    Most of the examples in collections today are "Water Recoveries" (including the ones you and I own) . There were cases and cases of S Mines and most other TR Ordnance removed from Lakes and Rivers ...much of the recovered items appeared on the market in the late '80s and 1990's. You can always tell the Water Recovered examples because of the way the Paint is after sitting underwater for so many years. Since most were still packed up in crates , they survived in decent condition.

    I had a good friend who was a German EOD Tech ..he did well until new Laws were passed making it harder for them to "save" these relics.
    He told me that after they "tightened up" the laws , many divers would go into the Lakes at night and search for these items...sometimes without a high powered light so they wouldn't attract attention.
    (just imagine being underwater and trying to ID an item by "feel" )
    Up until they started doing water recovery , S Mines were very very hard to find. For one thing "Bouncing Betty's" were feared / respected by all Soldiers (since each Country had their own version of them) So ..unless a Soldier found crates of new ones ...no one would want to dig a live one up and de-activate it so he could bring it home as a souvenir.
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