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Thread: S.Mi.35 (Sprengen Mine 1935) aka the "Bouncing Betty"

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    Really nice shape, including the ink stamp
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    Now the base is fully assembled, set it up-right, now you would attach the three detonators, which I don't have yet, and then you place the inner ring in its machined slot. Then the outer ring goes on.

    The space between the two rings would be filled with the shrapnel load, and the cushioning string put on top of the shrapnel. This just helped cushion the impact of the shrapnel due to inertia on the top plate once the mine is initiated.

    Then the top plate is put on, and a nut used to tighten everything down. Then put on the three detonator screws, and the filler screw. For transport a bakelite cover would screw onto the fuze spigot to protect the threads.


    Looking at the top plate, this mine was manufactured by Richard Rinker (well known manufacturer of stick grenades) in 1940. Still has the white ink stamped WaA, and black loading stamp on it. The quality of the markings and paint and components is what really sold me on this one.


    Note the three small holes in the outer case, and the bottom of the mine. When the mine is placed in the case, these lines up and were secured with three small shear screws to keep the mine assembled.

    Also not the roughly 1/4" paintless ring around the outside of the top of the mine. On these early ones this was sealed with a soldered on lead strip to waterproof the assembly. The outer case has good original paint on the outside, and the perfect polished interior.

    I will post some pics later with the S.Mi.35 Zunder attached, and when I get the three way adapter I'll post more new ones...

    Hope these posts were informative....
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    Last few for now...
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    Super nice Betty. I'll post some pics of my junker when I get a chance.

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    Add a 1938 Richard Rinker S.Mi.35 Zunder, and Bob''s your Uncle...

    Will do until I get my three way with S.Mi.35 Zunder and two pull fuzes....
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    Quote Originally Posted by pzjgr View Post
    ..and two pull fuzes....
    Oh you bad. The GC won't like you
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    Ok, if you ever need to fill an S-Mine, order yourself 500 3/8" ball bearings on eBay for roughly $17 shipped, and pour them into the inner and outer rings, they fit perfect, and it will take roughly 360 or so to fill it...

    Found an old piece of thin rope in the garage, made the cushion...I think I can find some brass tube to make the detonators, and it will be complete!

    Just waiting on the new fuze setup...
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    That is damn cool Mike!

    Here ya go!
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    That's coming together nicely Mike
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    OK, hope Ya'll don't mind me to keep adding to this thread, since it is stickied…

    So, being completely insane as I tend to be...I bought yet another S-Mine located here in the states...mainly because it had the internals I needed, plus a bunch of extra stuff...oh, and the three bottom shear screws.

    My plan was to take the internals I needed to truly complete mine, and sell the otherwise complete mine and extras to re-coup the costs...

    Well, of course once I received it, I had a brilliant idea....keep both! I will have mine as a complete (externally anyway) display as used, and use the second one as a display to view the internals...

    I also received my three way fuze adapter and installed that...so here is the complete display mine with three way adapter. These three way adapters would have two ZuZZ-35 (tension/pull) or two ZZ35 (pull only) igniters plus a pressure S.Mi.35 Zunder attached...so now you could set it off by stepping on it, or hitting the trip wire extending out 4 or 5 feet or more on either side.

    Nasty, huh? It gets better....most of the time the Germans would daisy chain up to 6-10 S Mines together with these...the trip wires being connected to another ZZ-35 on another S mine, and so on and so on....so if you trip 1....a bunch more would get set off too...so instead of one bouncing betty going off, you have 6 or more go off, each 6-10 feet or so from the other. It could really tear into a bunch of guys...

    You could even piggy back two three way adapter, the first with two ZZ-35's, with the second adapter on top, that one with two ZZ-35's and an S.Mi.Z. 35 on top, for 4 trip wires out in 4 directions....those crazy Pioneers and there deadly erector sets....Mines be scary, yo!
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