The commander of a reconnaissance unit recently returned from Africa
states that the quickest and most practical way of locating mine fields when in
pursuit of retreating German columns is to load a jeep with sand bags and drive
straight ahead. Mines are located when the jeep is blown up. This process is
dangerous and expensive, but saves invaluable time, and frequently, the jeep crew
is not injured because of the protection of the sand bags. A light tank may be
similarly employed. If time is taken for a cautious advance, the Germans have
attained their objective of delaying pursuit. The risk and loss must be assumed.
When the first fields are met and a road cleared, active pursuit is resumed.
As the Germans are pressed, their mine laying becomes progressively more
careless until mines can be spotted hastily dug in or hardly covered at all. This is
the last phase of their orderly retreat.