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Don’t Try This At Home: How to Clear Minefields

In further proof that the IDF has an institutionalised sense of humour comes this handy guide:

How to Clear Minefields: A Guide | Israel Defense Forces.

 1) Enter the minefield with a small team of sappers, and with the use of mine-detecting devices, clear a path across the field by discovering the first mine is every row. Mark the path with white tape to minimize risk of anyone walking out of line. Designate the exact location of the mines with special devices placed on the ground above them.

This step 1 would be problematic in most countries and would lead to a lawyer suffering a nervous breakdown upon learning that it had been published.

2) Meanwhile, prepare the explosives that will be used to detonate the existing mines via another team positioned outside the field .

Again, would need a hand number of “don’t try this at home” warnings and perhaps a Blue Peter style “please get an adult to help you with the explosives”. I particularly like the handy hint of preparing the explosives outside of the existing minefield: that’s a good safety tip children!

3) Withdraw from the field to take the explosives from the other team, then enter the field again to plant them in strategic locations.

You put your left leg in, your left leg out….

4) Connect all the explosives with a special fuse, then wire them to the mines themselves.

5) Back away at least one kilometer.

Two, maybe three, be generous.

6) Detonate the minefield.

7) After you’ve calmed down a little, return to scan the field for surviving mines, and start over.

Thankfully you don’t have to, ‘cos these guys do it for you:

 

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Brian of London

Brian of London is not the messiah, he's a very naughty boy. Since making aliyah in 2009, Brian has blogged at Israellycool. Brian is an indigenous rights activist fighting for indigenous people who’ve returned to their ancestral homelands and built great things.
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Brian of London

Brian of London is not the messiah, he's a very naughty boy. Since making aliyah in 2009, Brian has blogged at Israellycool. Brian is an indigenous rights activist fighting for indigenous people who’ve returned to their ancestral homelands and built great things.
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