ARMED FORCES: Vest-Pocket Mine

The U.S. Army had bad news for Chinese commanders in Korea. Within a month, Eighth Army G.I.s will have a new weapon against "human sea" attacks — the 4½-oz. M14 anti-personnel mine. The M14's vest-pocket size (diameter: 2½ in.; depth: i½ in.) and its inconspicuous color (khaki) will make the laying of invisible minefields quick and easy. Its plastic case safeguards it from discovery by mine detectors. The miniature mine's capacity for destruction is limited—it is unlikely to do serious damage to a vehicle—but Army tests indicate that it has enough power to blow off a foot soldier's leg.


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