VEŽBOVNA PROTIVPEŠADIJSKA MINA ANTIMAGNETNA-1
The VPMA-1 is the practice version of PMA-1. It has the same dimensions, case materials and colour as the real mine PMA-1, but it doesn't have 200 gram explosive charge. It has wooden block, yellow colored, filled with smoke pyrotechnic mass.That block has the same dimensions as 200 gram explosive charge for PMA-1.
When the soldier steps on VPMA-1, the igniter sets off the smoke pyrotechnic mass and smoke goes out through the 2 holes on the upper part of the mine and signalizes it's activation.
Some of these mines have yellow band painted on the top part of the mine which symbolizes that it is practice mine, but older production (from 1950s) don't have this yellow band painted.
Fuze type: chemical, pressure VUPMAH-1
Information and photos © Goran.
Length : 140mm
Width : 68mm
Height : 31mm
Weight : 400gram
This second type (modernized) PMA-1A, was no longer made of bakelite, but normal plastic. In function, it stayed the same.
A practice version existed too and was called VPMA-1A.
Photos below © M. Jochoms.