PMD-6 is a rectangular wooden anti-personnel blast mine sometimes
called the "Shoe-box" mine. It has been found in Afghanistan,
Angola, Cambodia, Cyprus, Ecuador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Honduras,
Iraq, Kurdistan, Lebanon, Mozambique, Namibia, Nicaragua, Rwanda,
Somalia, Sudan, Tajikistan, Western Sahara, Yemen and Zimbabwe.
Relatively easy to manufacture locally, its dimensions and colour
may vary. It is usually either unpainted wood or olive green
Main charge: 200g TNT
Fuze: the fuse is usually an MUV type deployed so that pressure
on the lid of the box pushes out the pin. The detonator is usually
a stab-sensitive MD-2.
picture above shows the mine and also the MUV arming pin and
arming-delay mechanism, which works by a wire cutting a small
strip of lead.
mine can be deployed with a tripwire to release the pin, sometimes
as a booby trap.
mines deteriorate in many ground conditions and may be attacked
by rot and termites. The picture above shows the broken parts
of a mine that has deteriorated. The detonator has corroded
and fallen into two parts.