Mk 5 mine
|Anti Tank Mine. G.S. Mark V|
Mark V GS Mines, about to be laid in Egypt, 2 July 1942
|Place of origin||United Kingdom|
|Wars||World War II|
|Height||4 inches (100 mm)|
|Diameter||8 inches (200 mm)|
|Filling||TNT or Baratol|
|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.
- Mine G.S. Mk VC (general service version)
- Mine G.S. Mk V
- Ordnance Pamphlet 1665 (1946) p.402