A one‑pint screw‑topped can, 6.5 x 3.625 x 1.875 inches. The igniter holder is a tinplate shield soldered on one side and formed into two pockets to accept the chemical crush igniters. A pressure plate is fitted above the igniter pockets. The igniters were based on an acid/chlorate mixture. CLICK HERE for explanation on the igniters.
1st type pressureplate :
Filling of the Hawkins mine consists of several possibilities. The following fillings (and markings) were used:
(Red filling band)- Nobel's 673 exploders
(Red filling crosses)- Polar Dynamite exploders
(Pink screw cap)- Burrowite filling
(Pink screw cap / "A"marked on body)- Ammonal filling
Information from Rick Landers' book on UK grenades.
2nd type pressureplate :
The Hawkins mine is filled with explosives, partially wrapped in waxed paper (exploders). The image on the right shows a piece of that wrapping which came from a deteriorated mine.
Date of introduction
Change of pattern
Modified filling, strengthened pressure plate and igniter pockets set obliquely
Reinstated Mar 1949
Reinstated because there was no other Anti-Tank grenade available for service