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Stationary defensive weapon. Mines are containers filled with explosives and equipped with a fuse that are laid for the purpose of destroying human and material targets. A distinction is generally made between land mines and naval mines. The development of mines capable of being easily transported began in the early twentieth century. During the First World War mines quickly came to play a significant role as a defensive weapon. Deployed in mine fields, as individual devices or dummy mines,…

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Gross, Gerhard P., “Mines”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 29 November 2023 <>
First published online: 2015

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