Dutch navy discovers World War II mine

14th April 2011, Comments 0 comments

During an exercise off the Scottish coast, Dutch minesweeper HNLMS Willemstad has discovered a World War II mine.

The German sea mine, which has been detonated in a controlled explosion, was over three metres long and contained 1100 kilos of explosives according to the Ministry of Defence.

On Wednesday another British ground mine was discovered in the bay of Loch Ewe.

The German mine was one of the most infamous German mines from World War II. According to the commander of the minesweeper Lieutenant Paul Bijleveld, it was equipped with an acoustic and magnetic detonator and booby traps.

It was one of 18 mines dropped by a German submarine in October 1939. Three of them exploded destroying British ships. The other mines were never found.

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