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Subject: USA has 10 milliom mines on the DMZ
df-10    8/13/2003 9:06:35 AM
USA placed 10 milliom mines on the DMZ to keep the North Korean milliom man army at bay.
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SGTObvious    You know what the funny part is, Df-10?   8/13/2003 12:18:50 PM
With millions of US and Many times more Korean mines, the DMZ is the best refuge for wildlife in Korea, because from the Animal point of view, its the safest. There is talk of it being preserved as a nature refuge in the future. The animals don't mind the mines.
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WinsettZ    RE:You know what the funny part is, Df-10?   8/13/2003 2:03:19 PM
I feel sorry for those animals tho. The DMZ is relatively large, as long as they stay out of the No Man's Land areas with "Warning: Mines" they'll be fine. As South Korea urbanizes the sprawl moves closer to the DMZ. Too close... Would you like to imagine how many mines the NK has? During the cold war the cowards snuck across the DMZ and attacked American troops. Gutless and dishonorable.
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Danuas    tunnels?   6/25/2004 9:12:32 PM
Dont NK have tunnels so they can go under? what good dose the mines then do?
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sentinel28a    RE:tunnels?   6/25/2004 11:36:45 PM
The tunnels can be collapsed, and the entrances easily sealed off by ROK engineers, many of whom spend their time looking for the tunnels. It would be very difficult (though not impossible) to move an entire division through a tunnel. If it wasn't, the NKPA would have tried invading by now.
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USN-MID    RE:tunnels?   6/26/2004 9:08:13 AM
Imagine trying to cram thousands of "dudes" with rifles, ammo, packs, and anti armor weaponry through a tunnel network. If anything, it would at least flip out the seismic sensors.
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HanKim    RE:tunnels?   7/8/2004 3:40:09 AM
Most tunnels are for infiltrating squads rather than divisions. Also, in the 80's it was many times more expensive to hunt the tunnels than it was to find them. I wonder if modern image processing software can help detect subterran features with underground imaging? Han Kim
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HanKim    RE:tunnels?   7/8/2004 9:38:55 PM
I had written: "Also, in the 80's it was many times more expensive to hunt the tunnels than it was to FIND them." Of course I had meant to say it was more expensive to hunt the tunnels than to DIG them...
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scholar    RE:You know what the funny part is, Df-10?   7/20/2004 6:40:50 PM
"During the cold war the cowards snuck across the DMZ and attacked American troops." I wouldn't call those guys cowards. Psychos, maybe. They scare me. Mines sound like a fine idea. Anything that slows down an offensive.
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ret13f    10 million?   11/20/2004 9:20:17 PM
that number seems way too high. DMZ is 4km wide, with the divided down the middle with the MDL. The sector occupied/controlled by US is the few square Km around JSA. (my recollection; may not be currently valid) The 2 GPs take up some (small) of that area. 3-4 patrols or ambushes are deployed within that zone day and night. 10 million would be enough to cover it like a carpet. As for the animals- they didn't seem to mind, until they detonated one, as occasionally happened, but this is as it was in the late 70s early 80s. (OMG, am I that old?!)
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SGTObvious    RE:10 million?   11/22/2004 8:50:16 PM
"that number seems way too high." It is. It's possible that it is the number for the entire DMZ, or just one of those "Pulled out of thin air" numbers that gets repeated so often no one questions it. During my Korea stint there were several "incidents". In one of them, and elderly Korean gentleman decided to walk from north to south. The north has a general "shoot if they try to escape" policy so they started shooting. The southbound bullets upset the South Korean troops, who returned fire and killed two north Korean soldiers. The Americans nearby just ducked and watched, not being authorized to join in. Through it all, this one guy just keeps walking. He walks across the north Korean minefield. He walks across the US/ROK minefield. He walks through a firefight. He arrives in South Korea without a scratch and lives happily ever after. Weirdest thing. The next group of escapees were less trusting in luck, they stole a north Korean bulldozer.
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