Minefields still there?

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Minefields still there?

Post by The_Enigma » 30 May 2008 01:06

I was scanning the net the other day, bored in work :lol: , and came acorss some website which suposidly runs battlefields tours of places like El Alamain - well anyhoo one of the photos on there site showed an area still cornered off due to the minefield still being there over 60 years later. I have also read forumites, either from Russia or who claim to live there, talk about mines still being a danger out in the countryside etc

Is this a common occurance, that there are large minefields still left over from WW2? If so why havnet they been cleared (i mean i have read about in Denmark they made like a maxium effort to clear them following the ending of the war)?

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Re: Minefields still there?

Post by bakof » 30 May 2008 09:17

Hi Enigma.

As far as I know the last minefield in Denmark (at Skallingen, Jutland) has been cleared this year!

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Re: Minefields still there?

Post by The_Enigma » 30 May 2008 11:47

This year! wow, i guess i read a bit too much into the short story on the resources they had at hand following the war.

I still don't quite understand why it has taken so long to do so :?

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Re: Minefields still there?

Post by kstdk » 30 May 2008 12:40

Hello

There are still minefields in Denmark - authorities are about to clear one of the largest at Skallingen right now.

Please read up on the subject here - follow the different links:

http://www.google.com/search?hl=da&lr=& ... rk&spell=1

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Post by Michael Emrys » 30 May 2008 12:53

The_Enigma wrote:Is this a common occurance, that there are large minefields still left over from WW2? If so why havnet they been cleared...?
Minefields are easier laid than lifted. This is especially true when the original fields were not accurately mapped or the maps have been lost. Many countries where the fields were laid (not necessarily by their own national forces) lack the economic resources to do the job, and it is never certain even when the job is done by competent organizations that nothing has been missed.

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Re: Minefields still there?

Post by kstdk » 30 May 2008 13:29

Hello

Found this too, so in France it is the same situation.

I think there are still lots of mines out there.

http://www.truveo.com/deminage-plage-wi ... 3914636080

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Post by JamesL » 30 May 2008 15:38

There are the remains of a World War II minefield at the entrance of New York Harbor.

Referencing the nautical chart for New York Harbor and Approaches (Number 8, Edition 4).
NOTE C
DANGER AREA
Area is open to unrestricted surface navigation but all vessels are cautioned neither to anchor, dredge, trawl, lay cables, bottom, nor conduct any other similar type of operation because of residual danger from mines at the bottom.


Cruise ships, tankers, container ships and other vessels routinely pass over these old mines.

They were command detonated bottom mines stretched out between Sandy Hook, NJ and Rockaway, NY. Not all were recovered after the war.

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Re: Minefields still there?

Post by KEP » 30 May 2008 22:06

The reason why the minefield at skallingen has been cleared now is because of the dunes in the area... they move and so does the mines...

I think they got aware of the mine problem a couple of years ago and then they started search again...

But although theres alot of people down there everyday i don't feel so safe driving down there... The last time i turned around because i didn't like it at all...

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Post by Mats » 06 Jun 2008 09:44

Egypt and Libya have started to wake up lately. In Libya it is mainly because the oil companys wants to start drilling on new places, where ,of course, there are a lot of mines! The clearing of mines has accelerated during the last year.

In Egypt they are still mainly clearing small areas. But they have plans to expand the clearance very fast. Exept for oil production they also plan for the tourism to expand along the Mediteranian. There is a lot of money also in that business!

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Re: Minefields still there?

Post by peteratwar » 06 Jun 2008 09:50

Still a lot planted by the Argentinians on the Falklands

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Re: Minefields still there?

Post by The_Enigma » 06 Jun 2008 12:16

I just can't believe that there are some many out there still - one would image that places like the Russian countryside must be covered in the damm things.

Thanks for the links and info on places which are still heavily mined - i thought the Western Desert would be :(

Does anyone know if the French cleared the entire "Atlantic Wall", there was a few million which were laid there if i recall correctly.

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Re: Minefields still there?

Post by kstdk » 06 Jun 2008 22:50

Hello

If you look at the link 4 posts up, you will see that there are still found mines on the French Coastline.
The_Enigma wrote:Does anyone know if the French cleared the entire "Atlantic Wall", there was a few million which were laid there if i recall correctly.
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Re: Minefields still there?

Post by maxxx » 27 Jun 2008 15:26

Even here in austria old mines, undetonated bombs and dangerous WW2 ammunition gives a whole department of the ministery of the interior work. they have at least 250 missions every year.

In 2003 two specialists died trying to clear a 500 pound unexploded bomb at salzburg hauptbahnhof

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Re: Minefields still there?

Post by The_Enigma » 10 Jul 2008 21:05

kstdk wrote:Hello

If you look at the link 4 posts up, you will see that there are still found mines on the French Coastline.
The_Enigma wrote:Does anyone know if the French cleared the entire "Atlantic Wall", there was a few million which were laid there if i recall correctly.
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Cheers, sorry i missed that the first time around. :)

Wow, cheers for that info Max! I know over here in the UK at least once or twice a year there is a story which pops up about sea mines being found in the Thames or Mersey or unexploded bombs found etc

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Re: Minefields still there?

Post by battlefieldsww2 » 04 Nov 2011 12:48

Here is text about landmines in Egypt: http://www.spiegel.de/international/wor ... 56,00.html

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