Could a tellermine be neutralised?

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  1. tmac

    tmac Senior Member

    A note in the training section of my father's paybook for April 1944 says: 'Neutralised tellermine.' However, I understood that a tellermine - a German anti-tank mine - could not be made safe because of its anti-handling devices. My father was an RA gunner and not a specialist in mine clearance. Has anyone any thoughts?
     
  2. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD


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    COMMONWEALTH FORCES IN NORTH AFRICA 1941. © IWM (E 7602)
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    South African sappers making German Teller mines safe, 12 January 1942


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    THE CAMPAIGN IN SICILY 1943. © IWM (NA 5130)
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    The Drive for Messina 10 July - 17 August 1943: A huge dump of German Teller mines captured by the Americans near Roccopalunba during their drive on Palermo.


    and another way of 'neutralising'...

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    NORWAY AFTER LIBERATION 1945. © IWM (BU 9757)
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    A German prisoner engaged in clearing a minefield near Stavanger fixes a fuse to a Teller mine. These mines were too dangerous to move and so were blown up where they were located.
     
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  3. Uncle Target

    Uncle Target Mist over Dartmoor

    Mines were a constant problem when Artillery Batteries moved into a new location.

    2nd Sept 1944, 67th Field Regiment RA TA lost three Officers and a Bombardier when their Survey Jeep struck a nest of Teller mines, blowing it over a wall,
    when entering a new position in Florence.
    After which Survey Teams were taught how to clear mines.

    4th Sept 1944

    Note from the diary
    Mine sweeping new battery  positions.JPG

    Teller mine - Wikipedia
     
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