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"We used to carry them in a backpack": laying mines in the Bundeswehr airborne forces

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"We used to carry them in a backpack": laying mines in the Bundeswehr airborne forces

Against the background of the growing external threat, the German command began to attach greater importance to the technical equipment of its troops. The sappers did not stand aside either.


The Ministry of Defense of the Federal Republic of Germany began to pay increased attention to the development of skills and the improvement of mining techniques. Thanks to this, the service of German sappers has become much easier: now you do not have to carry tens of kilograms of barrage equipment on you.

Since the defense of the country and the Alliance came to the fore again, the importance of anti-tank mines has also increased. They help to delay the enemy's advance.

- writes the military department of Germany.

In the Bundeswehr Airborne Forces, there are no sappers as such, since their functions are performed by multidisciplinary engineers (Pioniererkunder).

It is not always a question of installing a minefield. Tomorrow I can determine the capacity of the bridge or the depth of the ford

- notes Chief Sergeant Thomas Gerber.

As the platoon commander, Chief Lieutenant Sebastian Heyman explained, the lack of air transport did not allow the use of machines until recently:

For us, this meant: everyone in the [mines] unit gets three mines, nine kilograms each. They had to be carried in a backpack, which we did.

Now the paratroopers have at their disposal a specialized vehicle "Mongoose-2" (Mungo 2), which transports 180 mines. They are still laid by hand. The Bundeswehr uses anti-tank mines (such as DM-22, DM-31 AT, MELLS, etc.) to install tactical obstacles. Anti-personnel are not used due to the prohibition imposed by the Ottawa Convention.


Mungo 2
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Ministry of Defense of Germany
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  2. Livonetc
    Livonetc 30 September 2020 11: 03
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    That's interesting.
    Until you open the entire article, the text of the article begins.
    "Against the background of the growing external threat, the German command ..."
    But after opening the article, this phrase is no longer there.
    So what threat does the German command feel?
    1. Insurgent
      Insurgent 30 September 2020 11: 08
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      Quote: Livonetc
      So what threat does the German command feel?

      Soviet ...
      1. Insurgent
        Insurgent 30 September 2020 11: 24
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        Now the paratroopers have at their disposal a specialized vehicle "Mongoose-2" (Mungo 2), which transports 180 mines.


        But this "Mungo 2" is nothing more than a multifunctional truck known to us since the times of the USSR - the "Multicar" platform, produced by the GDR, which has worked a lot in the municipal services of cities and towns of the USSR.

        The plant, as you can see, survived the unification of Germany and a small car, dressed in a Bundeswehr jacket, serves ...

        1. Simfy
          Simfy 30 September 2020 12: 41
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          Quote: Insurgent
          Now the paratroopers have at their disposal a specialized vehicle "Mongoose-2" (Mungo 2), which transports 180 mines.


          But this "Mungo 2" is nothing more than a multifunctional truck known to us since the times of the USSR - the "Multicar" platform, produced by the GDR, which has worked a lot in the municipal services of cities and towns of the USSR.

          The plant, as you can see, survived the unification of Germany and a small car, dressed in a Bundeswehr jacket, serves ...


          in addition: As of 2017 Multicar is part of the company < > and manufactures three families of models of compact and maneuverable machines - M27, Fumo and Tremo with overall widths from 1,32 to 1,62 m, designed to service industrial production, municipal, garden and park and agriculture, construction, road, high-rise works and much more. The complete list of replacement parts for Multicar has over 100 items in total. Also, on the basis of the truck, the Krauss-Maffei concern produces the Mungo armored car. All modifications are made exclusively to order
        2. Oden280
          Oden280 30 September 2020 16: 37
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          These warriors did not even reach our PMR of the 50s. And as for the PMZ-4, in general, for nieto it will be a miracle weapon. laughing
  3. g1washntwn
    g1washntwn 30 September 2020 11: 14
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    The Americans had only one solution against Russian tanks at the English Channel - nuclear bombs buried all over Europe. These are the ones you can’t carry in your backpack.
    1. Insurgent
      Insurgent 30 September 2020 11: 34
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      Quote: g1washntwn
      The Americans had only one solution against Russian tanks at the English Channel - nuclear bombs buried all over Europe. These are the ones you can’t carry in your backpack.

      I can’t guarantee that it’s true, but there was a story that the German Bundestag at one time seriously discussed the issue of laying pipelines under important highways, if necessary, filled with liquid explosive, followed by detonation in order to prevent the advance of "Russian tank armada".

      They say that all the arguments "For" were smashed by the words of the burned-out grandfather-deputy who passed Stalingrad and captivity: " You will bury the money in the ground, destroy the infrastructure, AND RUSSIAN TANKS WILL BE AT LA MANCH IN THE SET TIME ..."
      1. Blue fox
        Blue fox 30 September 2020 12: 17
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        Quote: Insurgent
        I can't guarantee it's true, but there was a bike,

        I also heard something similar, but in a more practical form. If you do something like mine galleries under highways (because during the construction of strategic bridges, mine wells and niches are already arranged so that they can be quickly and most efficiently disabled), then it will be necessary to provide for such things as natural or forced ventilation (so that no explosive gases accumulated, etc. when leaking from a nearby gas pipeline, sewer or natural sources), protective fences (from children, vandals and animals), etc. Which will lead to a rise in price and to an explicit unmasking.
      2. Lelik76
        Lelik76 30 September 2020 13: 42
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        It seems that on this site I read about such things and mixtures to them, which they experienced in England during World War II, when they were waiting for the invasion of the Germans. There were also photos of these pieces.
    2. Doliva63
      Doliva63 30 September 2020 14: 59
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      Quote: g1washntwn
      The Americans had only one solution against Russian tanks at the English Channel - nuclear bombs buried all over Europe. These are the ones you can’t carry in your backpack.

      It depends on what power it is. And then they were once quite wearable. How right now, I don't know.
  4. rocket757
    rocket757 30 September 2020 11: 23
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    so we have more and more mechanized!
    But, not everywhere and not always the technique will pass, it's a fact!
  5. Blue fox
    Blue fox 30 September 2020 12: 26
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    As for the machine, even if it is finished for the possibility of airborne landing (although it is interesting, with a stock of mines or empty), the clearance seen in the photo is embarrassing. But there is a photo, there is a photo, for sure everything is not so simple :)
  6. Shuttle
    Shuttle 30 September 2020 18: 00
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    In the Bundeswehr, laying mines by hand? !!
    But what about http://saper.isnet.ru/boy/bund-taktik-02.html?
  7. lvov_aleksey
    lvov_aleksey 30 September 2020 23: 05
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    if there are new ones: "Slash" charge
    Why would the old advertise mining options ?!
    ps I mean that "Cut" will clear the passage line, and "Tosochka" will do everything even easier and faster !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!