Ukrainian Soldier Improvises Directional AP Mine

During a frontline arts and crafts session, a Ukrainian soldier gives a how-to demonstration on creating a DIY directional mine, or as our blogger Cam referred to it: "a field-expedient claymore."


The construction appears relatively simple; an empty ammunition can is packed with gravel backing then covered in a layer of plastic explosives and topped with steel ball bearings. The video ends before we can see what type of detonation system will be used. The device would be effective against exposed infantry troops and soft skinned vehicles, but wouldn't do much against armored vehicles.


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Will Killmore is a US Army combat infantry veteran and Purple Heart recipient. He has deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan with the 172nd Stryker Brigade and 173rd Airborne Brigade. Following his time in service, he successfully pursued a certificate of journalism and has been a blogger for Funker530 since 2014. Follow Will’s bad takes on Twitter

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During a frontline arts and crafts session, a Ukrainian soldier gives a how-to demonstration on creating a DIY directional mine, or as our blogger Cam referred to it: "a field-expedient claymore."


The construction appears relatively simple; an empty ammunition can is packed with gravel backing then covered in a layer of plastic explosives and topped with steel ball bearings. The video ends before we can see what type of detonation system will be used. The device would be effective against exposed infantry troops and soft skinned vehicles, but wouldn't do much against armored vehicles.


About the Author

Author's Photo

Will Killmore

Will Killmore is a US Army combat infantry veteran and Purple Heart recipient. He has deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan with the 172nd Stryker Brigade and 173rd Airborne Brigade. Following his time in service, he successfully pursued a certificate of journalism and has been a blogger for Funker530 since 2014. Follow Will’s bad takes on Twitter

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