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Land Rover Mine Proofed
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No: 5631   Contributor: Cold War Warrior   Year: 1980   Manufacturer: Land Rover   Country: Zimbabwe-Rhodesia
Land Rover Mine Proofed

Land Rover Mine Proofed Op AGILA Zimbabwe-Rhodesia 1980

This was the standard utility vehicle for the Commonwealth Ceasefire and Elections Monitoring Force operation (Op AGILA). I heard of only one case of one detonating a mine, the driver was the only casualty with a broken leg. Hearing this gave us a lot of confidence in the vehicle, but we still cursed it driving down the Bulawayo-Beitbridge highway in driving tropical rainstorms! On deployment to Z-R from South Cerney to RAF Lyneham, on a freezing December morning, we had to drive them ourselves, in clothing we were going to use in Africa, a brilliant piece of RCT Movements mismanagement. (The Staff Sergeant responsible for organising the deployment got the BEM for it!)
Picture added on 07 July 2011 at 09:26
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I would hate to hit a land mine in that! Doesnt appear to be mine proofed in any way, and the rudimentary roll bar would not be of much use. The guerillas had a nasty habit of boosting, or even using anti tank mines !

Added by Nick Bowden on 21 February 2013.
Nick,
If you look carefully you can see that there is armour plating under the vehicle also behind and next to the front seats. Not brilliant by today's standards but better than nothing.
Regards,
Steve

Added by Stephen Prosser on 09 January 2014.
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