Infantry Drills

H-7: Land Mines

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H-7. Land mine is a munition on or near the ground or other surface area that is designed to be exploded by the presence, proximity, or contact of a person or vehicle. Land mines can be employed in quantities within a specific area to form a minefield, or they can be used individually to reinforce nonexplosive obstacles. Land mines fall into the following two general categories: persistent and non-persistent. Persistent means they are not capable of self-destructing or self-deactivating. Non-persistent means they are capable of self-destructing or self-deactivating. (See figure H-1.) (Refer to ATP 3-34.20 for more information.)

Figure H-1. Methods of activating mines

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