S-Mine

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S-Mine 35. Note the fuze is in the centre of the mine body; the later S-Mine 44's fuze was instead offset.
S-Mine 35.

The Schrapnellmine is perhaps the most well-known bounding antipersonnel mine. Developed in the 1930s by Nazi Germany, the mine consists of an outer casing surrounding the mine body, with a propellant charge underneath. When triggered, either by applying pressure to the prongs, operating a tripwire rigged to them, or by any other type of fuze that might be substituted, the propellant charge is set off, throwing the body 3-5 feet vertically whereupon the main charge detonates, creating a horizontal spread of shrapnel with a lethal radius of around 22 yards and a casualty radius of around 150 yards. This earned the mine the nickname Bouncing Betty among American troops, though this nickname has since often been applied to any bounding antipersonnel mine, not just the S-Mine. Jumping Jack was also used by Australian and New Zealand soldiers, while the French called it "The Silent Soldier".

S-Mine dischargers were also mounted in brackets on the hulls of early production Wehrmacht armoured vehicles, used for close-range anti-infantry defence; early versions of the Tiger I had five such devices. These were essentially small mortars that fired the mine's bounding body as a projectile.

The S-Mine appears in the following:

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Films

Title Actor Character Notation Date
Five Days, Five Nights (Fünf Tage - Fünf Nächte) Vsevolod Sanayev Starshina Yefim Kozlov 1961
Hell Is for Heroes 1962
The General's Daughter 1999
Saints and Soldiers: Airborne Creed 2012
Land of Mine German POW 2015

Television

Title Actor Character Note/Episode Release Date
Eternal Call (Vechnyy zov) - Season 2 Training 1983
NCIS - Season 12 "The Lost Boys" (S12E23), "Neverland" (S12E24) 2014 - 2015
NCIS - Season 13 "Stop the Bleeding" (S13E01) (recap) 2015-2016

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory 2003
Battlefield: Vietnam Bouncing Betty 2004
Call of Duty: World at War Bouncing Betty 2008
Combat Arms M16A1 Mine 2008
Company of Heroes 2 2013
Sniper Elite III 2014
Heroes & Generals S-Mine 2016
Call of Duty: WWII S-Mine 44 2017


Note: diagrams

Diagram of the body of an S-Mine.
Diagram of the sensor of an S-Mine.



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