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    Just a few questions about mines.

    How long, approximately, will it take to remove the minefields that were laid during the Argentine occupation of the Falklands?

    And who is responsible for the lifting of the mines? Do the Argentines or UN provide any input in this task.

    There are supposed to be some quite demanding problems with lifting the mines especially because alot of the specialist mining equipment is heavy and sinks in to the ground.

    As a further sidenote was Argentina formally repremanded for laying the mines with out proper records in the first place?
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    The only thing I know for sure is that the Argentine engineers batallions laid down about 2000 antipersonal and some 500 antitank mines.

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    Well having seen them, the Minefieds are cordoned off and just left to the Sheep.

    Any that affect or may affect the local populace are dealt with by UK bomb disposal. As far as I'm aware there is no concious effort to remove them apart from the above.

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    One problem is that the peat these mines were laid in moves. Some of the stuff slides more than 2m a year, so theoretically the mines coud have moved nearly 50m since they were laid.
    Things are going to get a whole lot worse from now on.......

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    This is the perenial problem with mines they're their the gift that keeps on giving. The defending forces had ample time to map the fields as they laid them but failed to do so and showed poor drills in their use.

    Though I will admit to being rusty on this one, I seem to remember that we were trained to use mines on obvious approach routes and to the rear of the initial defensive position and forward of the fall back position with the safe route known. In the event that that your first line of defence went tits up you drop back through the safe route and draw attacking forces into the mine field.

    I know that mines caused the assault on Longden to be compromised but apart from that they seemed to have had little strategic value in the eventual outcome as they had been laid mainly in sutable terrain ie soft earth rather than as part of a cohesive defensive stratagy, though I will admit that laying mines on a rocky path or a scree would be difficult.

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    Do you know how many fatal and none fatal casualties we (British) had due to land mines?



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    At this time it was very fashionable to air drop your mines from heli. I remember seeing GIAT, I think (and they were not the only ones) advertising how quickly you could lay them from the air. I also believe that large number were A/T mines. Not much use with only some CVRTs against them (would CVRT set off the mines?). If you think of the way we used to lay the Dingbat you could understand why they were not marked.

    Have you ever laid mines by hand, it took my platoon most of the night to lay a 300m by 100m #7 mime field with 3x Else mines per #7, and the #7s had been pre dropped at the ends of the lanes.
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    This has just reminded me. On my junior Brecon one of the Battle Field Exercises (BFE) was the extract a casualty from a minefield. This was Jan 83 and we had a lot of the 2 and 3 para on the course. One of the 3 para guys was given this BFE to run. At the end the DS riped him to bits (the DS was an arrse) for what he did. My room mate who was 2 para whispered in my ear that the L/Cpl got an MM in the Falklands for extracting a casualty from a mine field under fire. The 3 para guy kept his mouth shut and smiled at the knob.
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    The mined beaches that were cordoned off have become a protected habitat for some of the island's creatures.

    http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsst...2706/story.htm

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    I have no many info about the incident you mentioned, I know that there was some troubles when Captured soldier were put in service with the British demining squad and some soldiers (british soldier) were wounded or killed by the mines. The Argentine prisoner were inmediatly discharged of that duty probably because the Royal engineers think they intentionally gave misleading directives.

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    Doubt it, the Argies didn't record the positions of their own mines. He probably didn't have a clue himself.
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    That was because mostly of the prisoners that the brits brought to that work were marines...and the Marines did not put a single landmine in all the campaing. The engineer batallions who plant the mines return to the mainland before the fall of Puerto Argentino.

    Is impressive the large trouble caused by "just" 2400 mines ( 1500 antipersonnel and 900 antitank) .

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    If you have ever been in a mined area you will be even more impressed by the trouble

    It is something that always puzzled me about the minelaying. The Engr Bns must have known the drama they would cause by not recording them. Maybe it was a political thing by the Bn CO.
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    It is something that always puzzled me about the minelaying. The Engr Bns must have known the drama they would cause by not recording them. Maybe it was a political thing by the Bn CO.
    Maybe, but after 25 years of demining operations the problem should be lesser that the one actually is today. Most of the mines were planted in locations that the brits never passed by.
    If you travel sometimes to the islands you ll see 2 well mannered Army sargeants giving away brochures and instructions of how to proceed if you see ot found some mine in the Stanley airport. The problem is far to be solved.

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