Israel Police sappers examined and carefully removed an anti-tank land mine that was planted in Netanya during the British Mandate period.
The mine was being used against Mark II Infantry tanks. There are two types of tanks known as “Mark II”: the British “Matilda (A12) Mark II, and the Israeli Merkava Mark II.
The British Matilda A12 was introduced into service in 1937. The Israeli Merkava Mark II made its debut in April 1983.
Of the two, it is more likely that landmine found in Netanya was set by Israeli fighters to detonate against British forces during the Mandate period.
In any case, today’s modern sappers carefully removed the bomb and safely defused it.