dcsimg
This website is not affiliated with the U.S. government or military.

Mine Awareness

To increase individual soldier understanding of the mine and unexploded ordnance (UXO) threat in the former Republic of Yugoslavia and develop countermine skills in order to protect the force while conducting all operations during operation Joint Endeavor.

Click here to download the presentation.

MINE AWARENESS

INSTRUCTOR

PURPOSE

To increase individual soldier understanding of the mine and unexploded ordnance (UXO) threat in the former Republic of Yugoslavia and develop countermine skills in order to protect the force while conducting all operations during operation Joint Endeavor.

TRAINING OBJECTIVES
"WHAT YOU WANT TO WALK AWAY WITH"

STEPS TO TAKE WHEN YOU ENCOUNTER A MINE OR UXO

KNOW THE INDICATORS OF MINES AND BOOBYTRAPS

KNOW THE V CORPS CONVOY MINE STRIKE DRILL

MINE AWARENESS

ACTIONS UPON DETECTION

STOP

AVOID

REPORT

MARK

CONTINUE MISSION?

EXAMPLE REPORTING FORMAT GREEN 1

1. DTG OBSTACLE LOCATED

2. UNIT LOCATING OBSTACLE

3. OBSTACLE TYPE

4. GRID LOCATION

5. TRIP WIRES (YES OR NO)

6. ANTI-HANDING DEVICES (YES OR NO)

7. LOCATION OF BYPASS/BREACH

8. MINEFIELD MARKED (YES OR NO)

9. REMARKS

ESTIMATED NUMBER OF
UNCLEARED MINES IN THEATRES

WAR RELATED CASUALTIES
IN IFOR (DEC 1995)

MINE TYPES

ANTI-PERSONNEL - DESIGNED TO KILL OR MAIM DISMOUNTED TROOPS

ANTI-TANK - DESIGNED TO DESTROY OR DISABLE TRACK OR WHEELED VEHICLES

CHEMICAL - DESIGNED TO DISPENSE SMOKE, CS OR MORE DANGEROUS BIOLOGICAL OR CHEMICAL AGENTS

FUZE TYPES

PRESSURE

OVER PRESSURE/DELAY

SEISMIC

MAGNETIC

CHEMICAL

TRIP WIRE (PUSH/PULL)

COMMAND DETONATED

MINE REMOVAL

US ARMY DOCTRINE ON HANDLING MINES AND UNEXPLODED ORDNANCE:

US FORCES SHOULD NOT ATTEMPT TO DISARM OR PHYSICALLY MOVE ENEMY OR UNOBSERVED US MINES. OUR GOAL IS TO DESTROY MINES IN PLACE.

VISUAL DETECTION

SURFACE LAID MINES ARE USUALLY VISIBLE

SIGNS OF ROAD REPAIR (NEW FILL, PAVING, ROAD PATCHES, DITCHING OR CULVERT WORK)

WIRES LEADING AWAY FROM THE ROAD

ODD FEATURES OR PATTERNS

PIECES OR WOOD OR DEBRIS ON ROAD.

SIGNS TREES, POSTS OR STAKES.

DAMAGED VEHICLES OR DEAD ANIMALS.

LIKELY LOCATIONS FOR
MINES AND BOOBYTRAPS

MOUNTAIN PASSES AND NARROW ROADS WITH NO SHOULDERS OR BYPASSES

OLD CHECK POINTS AND BATTLEFIELDS

ALONG OBSTACLE BYPASSES

OBVIOUS REST AREAS/CLEARINGS ALONG ROADS

ABANDONED BUILDINGS AND STRUCTURES

ABANDONED WEAPONS AND TRINKETS ATTRACTIVE TO SOUVENIR HUNTERS

OTHER DETECTION METHODS

LOCAL CIVILIANS MAY KNOW WHERE MINES AND BOOBYTRAPS ARE LOCATED IN THE AO.

LOCAL MILITIA FORCES MAY BE ABLE TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE IN LOCATING TACTICAL MINEFIELDS.

LOCALLY KNOWN MARKING SYSTEMS (ROCK PILES, BROKEN BRANCHES ON TREES, CROSSED STICKS ON ROADS)

MINEFIELD MARKING IN THE
FORMER YUGOSLAVIA

EXPEDIENT MARKING IN THE FORMER YUGOSLAVIA

FORMER YUGOSLAVIAN
MINE EMPLOYMENT

ROAD OBSTACLES

RURAL ROADBLOCK

CMTC LESSONS LEARNED

EXPEDIENT MARKING

V CORPS MINE STRIKE PROCEDURES
WITH ENGINEERS IN THE CONVOY

SELF/UNIT EXTRACTION

FREEZE (STOP ALL MOVEMENT IN AREA)

LEADER REPORTS TO HIGHER AND DESIGNATES PATH TO CLEAR THROUGH MINEFIELD

EXTRACTION ELEMENT PROBES AND MARKS A CLEARED PATH; CHECKS FOR TRIP WIRES AND BURIED MINES; MARKS PATH AND MINES

OTHER ELEMENTS PROBE TO CLEARED PATH

EVACUATE CASUALTIES BY PROBING; DRAG TO PATH AND EVACUATE AS REQUIRED.

Former Yugoslavian
Mine Employment

AT (Full Width) Minefields

Former Yugoslavian
Mine Employment

AT (Pressure) Minefields

URBAN ROADBLOCK

REVIEW

Understand the mine threat risk reduction measures.

Know the indicators of mines and booby traps.

Steps to take when you encounter mines, UXO, or booby traps.

Understand expedient marking systems.

Be familiar with the V Corps convoy mine strike drill.