Courtesy of Library of Congress, "South Korean soldiers of the 1st Division, I Corps, prepare and lay an antitank mine somewhere in Korea during the Korean conflict," 22 July 1950
Landmines have been used in warfare for decades. The United States used M15 anti-tank mines for the first time in the Korean War. It was designed to be a "track breaker," causing a tank to no longer move but likely not killing the crew inside the tank.
Unexploded land mines are a danger for decades after a war ends. Long after the soldiers have gone home, undetonated mines remain as deadly reminders of the war. Their victims often are playing children. Specialized "bomb squads" are trained to handle these explosives at significant risk to themselves.
- Describe what the Korean soldiers are doing in this photo. In wars, why would landmines or explosive devices be buried? What would be the benefits? What would be the drawbacks?
- Why might landmines be particularly useful or effective in the Korean Conflict?
"South Korean soldiers of the 1st Division, I Corps, prepare and lay an antitank mine somewhere in Korea during the Korean conflict," 22 July 1950. Courtesy of Library of Congress