1945 mine detector?

October 1st, 2004  

Topic: 1945 mine detector?

A friend of mine has a 1945 mine detector and is looking to get rid of it,
whats something like that go for and where.
October 2nd, 2004  
Need some more info about it, and maybe a picture or two..
October 6th, 2004  
sell it on ebay...
October 9th, 2004  

Topic: hmmmmm heres a bit of info...

Is it an SCR-625??? January 1945....
If so and in good shape with box and parts, anywhere from 50 dollars up to I have seen them go for 150.00. Depends on who is buying and who is selling.
Heres a bit of info on the SCR-625...
Development of the SCR-625 Mine Detector
The SCR-625 was the original portable mine detector, developed under a National Defense Research Council (NDRC) contract with Hazeltine Co. of New York in the early days of World War II. It was fielded in 1942 and first saw combat use in North Africa. Full details of the development of the SCR-625 and its use during World War II are in the document The Portable SCR-625 Mine Detector, that can be downloaded from the Olive-Drab archives when you click on the link (779K PDF). Excerpts from that document are the basis of the rest of this page.

Description of the SCR-625
The SCR-625 Mine Detector has a characteristic shape that has become quite familiar. It had a six foot long exploring rod that the operator held. At the end of the rod was a pie shaped search coil, mounted under an 18" diameter wooden disk. Strapped to the operatorís side in a canvas haversack were the dry-cell batteries that induced a magnetic field around the search plate and amplifier. The resonator was attached to the operatorís shoulder. A set of earphones completed the instrument.

The entire detector set weighed 7.5 pounds and produced a low hum in the operatorís earphones. The SCR-625 discerned metallic mines 6 to 12 inches below the surface, rather than the desired 18 inches, but was acceptable because few mines were ever buried more than 12 inches below ground.

The detector was standardized and put into production by the Army's Services of Supply in September 1942 and was available for the American units that landed in Morocco in November. Overall, the new detector performed well and became one of the most popular pieces of Army equipment in North Africa. It had two serious shortcomings: it was not waterproof and it was quite fragile.

The SCR-625 Mine Detector in Use
Soldiers clearing a road walked forward and swung their detectors -- sometimes known as outdoor carpet sweepers -- slowly from side to side, sweeping a band 3 to 4 feet wide. In the presence of metal buried less than 12 inches below the surface, the hum produced by the magnetic field increased in pitch. With the search plate directly over a mine, the sound became so high and strong that it was almost a shriek. The deflection of the needle on the meter in the control box at the operator's side also showed the presence of the mine.

When the operator detected a mine, he did not stop to disarm it. He pointed it out to another man following him, who marked the spot. Others came behind them, cautiously unearthed the device, and deactivated it. This simple process was quite effective and large numbers of mines were removed in the North African campaign without many casualties.

Unfortunately, the experience in North Africa was not typical. When the Army got to Italy, the SCR-625 proved to be far less effective due to a high iron content in the soil and German countermeasures to use fewer metallic mines. The Germans switched to nonmetallic Schu antipersonnel mines, which were assembled in wooden boxes. Other problems became evident as well. Operators tired quickly because of the 7.5-pound weight of the instrument. Moreover, even though the SCR-625 was not used while under enemy small arms fire, soldiers still disliked having to stand upright while using it. And the sets did break down, especially in the rain.

In Europe the SCR-625, even with its later modifications, never attained the level of success reached by the first model in North Africa. Overall, however, it never lost its utility and the research effort that produced it showed itself to be responsive to the needs of combat engineers.

Heres a couple of pics....
There is a SCR-625 on the back of the jeep and some engineers clearing mines in France....1945...
Hope this helps a bit..
Michael Marietta GA

October 12th, 2004  
Yes it is an scr-625-H thanks for the info
May 4th, 2005  

Topic: Re: 1945 mine detector?

Originally Posted by bud_E_lee
A friend of mine has a 1945 mine detector and is looking to get rid of it,
whats something like that go for and where.
Does your friend still have the SCR 625? If so, please email me. I am interested. Tks.[/b]
May 5th, 2005  

Topic: MINE Detector

Yes, I think he still does. I will give him a call today and find out for you.
May 5th, 2005  

Topic: Re: MINE Detector

Thanks Bud. I'll wait for your reply.
November 28th, 2011  

Topic: still looking?

Hey i have a complete SCR-625-C set, still in the case if your still looking for one. only a couple years late.....