Mk 5 mine

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Anti Tank Mine. G.S. Mark V
Commonwealth Forces in North Africa 1940-43 E13902.jpg
Mark V GS Mines, about to be laid in Egypt, 2 July 1942
Type anti-tank mine
Place of origin  United Kingdom
Service history
Wars World War II
Production history
  • Mine G.S. Mk V
  • Mine G.S. Mk VC
  • 12.5 pounds (5.7 kg), Mk. V
  • 8 pounds (3.6 kg), Mk. VC
Height 4 inches (100 mm)
Diameter 8 inches (200 mm)[1]

Filling TNT or Baratol[1]
Filling weight
  • 8.25 pounds (3.74 kg), Mk. V
  • 4 pounds (1.8 kg), Mk. VC
Pressure activated, shear-pin fuze (350 pounds (160 kg) of pressure)

The Mk 5 or Mine G.S. Mk V was a cylindrical, metal-cased U.K. anti-tank blast mine that entered service in 1943, during the Second World War. It was replaced in British service with the Mk 7 mine. Two versions of the mine were produced, the Mk. V and the Mk. VC with the same external dimensions. The only difference was that the Mk. VC had a half-sized explosive charge.

The mine used a spider pressure plate that makes it resistant to blast overpressure. The spider rests on a central Mk 3 fuse (sometimes referred to as No.3 Mk I), which contains a spring-loaded striker held in place by a shear pin. The mine, being made largely of steel tended to rust making its activation unpredictable.

It is found in Angola, Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Mozambique, Sudan, and Zimbabwe.


  • Mine G.S. Mk VC (general service version)
  • Mine G.S. Mk V


  1. ^ a b c d Ordnance Pamphlet 1665 (1946) p.402
  • British Explosive Ordanance (PDF) (Report). Ordnance Pamphlet. Department of the Navy, Ordnance Systems Command. 10 June 1946. OCLC 51810278. NAVORD OP 1665. 
  • Jane's Mines and Mine Clearance 2005-2006
  • NAVORD OP 1665, British Explosive Ordnance, Naval Ordnance Systems Command (Updated 1970)