Mk 3 mine
|Place of origin||United Kingdom|
|Wars||World War 2|
|Weight||2.6 kilograms (5 lb 10 oz)|
|Height||133 millimetres (5.25 in)|
|Diameter||150 millimetres (6 in)|
The Mk 3 mine or Mine G.S. Mk III was a British anti-tank mine used during World War II. The mine had a cylindrical tin lower body with a steel pressure plate which sits on top of a shear-wire restrained spring-loaded striker. Sufficient pressure (160 kilograms (350 lb)) on the cover shears the restraining wire, allowing the striker spring to push the striker into a 0.11 grams (1.7 gr) percussion cap. The flash from the percussion cap is transferred to the No.27 detonator which sits in the center of the mine, detonating the device.
- NAVORD OP 1665, British Explosive Ordnance, Naval Ordnance Systems Command (Updated 1970)