The M1A1 Bangalore Torpedo
, a Class V item was implemented in 1940’s. They were heavily used in World War II
to clear barbed wire
obstacles, brush and most importantly to clear a path about 3 feet wide through anti-personnel mine fields. They were also used to take out about anything they needed, like bunker
s and gun
emplacements. This system is not terribly effective when used on modern high tensile
strength barbed wire.
Each section weighs around thirteen
pounds and each Bangalore
kit is made up of ten 5-foot extensions that could be connected for the desired length. Each section contains 9 pounds of explosives
, usually C-4
. Mostly carried by engineer
squads, they would connect the required amount of sections and push it through the obstacle
. They are portable enough to be used by a single soldier
, but are cumbersome
and heavy so it is usually quicker with 2. Regular infantry can also carry them. The ignition system consists of an electric or non-electric blasting cap for detonation
Training is done through instruction manual
s, video, dry run
, and live fire sessions.
Currently there are 2900 sets in Continental United States
ammunition depots and 28,600 worldwide.
If you would like to see these in use, Saving Private Ryan
has a good example in the Omaha Beach
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000.