Thursday, December 12, 2013




The infantryman’s nightmare – the ‘S’ mine

Monte Camino November - December 1943: A machine gun of the Cheshire Regiment in action in the mist and rain on the summit of Monte Camino.

These things could be fired by pressure switches or pull igniters,but were usually fitted with trip wires connected to pull igniters. By using a ‘Y’ shaped double-ended igniter they could be linked in series, so that one going off would often bring several jumping after it. ‘S’ mines were an infantry man’s constant nightmare: some of my earliest recollections as a raw rookie were of hearing old soldiers talk of them in tones of hate and horror.