No!! Not that kind!! This kind:
As a follow-on to my two recent posts about engineers (March 8 & 28, 2015), I've added some minelaying and removal capability for my East German pioneers.
As with most modern military forces, WarPac doctrine assigned the responsibility for sowing and removing landmines to the engineers. Though this capability was actually a divisional asset, it was often parceled out to the division's various regiments. As such, in 1981, an East German pioneer company assigned to an armored regiment would have had two GMZ-2 tracked minelayers:
had entered service only in 1979, and so, in 1981, would have been in Soviet units only.
If you're not familiar with removing mines via line charge, the short explanation is that a small rocket is attached to a long cloth tube filled with explosives and it is then fired out over a minefield:
Pioneers assigned to a motor rifle regiment would have been equipped with the UR-67s, as well as two PMR-3 towed minelayers:
Both the GMZ and the PMR were primarily for sowing antitank mines, specifically the TM-62:
And here are my GMZ-2 and UR-67 stands:
As well as a PMR-2 stand:
I had a few ZIL-157 trucks handy:
That's the end of the long holiday weekend, but more painting is on the way for the next post.