Caption: Soldiers carry 40-pound cratering charges
After borehole test shots, experiments were conducted with surface-laid shaped and cratering charges
to determine the effects of military demolitions on terrain (an individual supporting task to the company mission-essential task list).
The Soldiers of the 459th Engineer Company out of Bridgeport, West Virginia, sent large pieces of NTC airborne with C4, shaped charges, and cratering charges when they took advantage of an opportunity to practice basic familiarization and refresher training in demolition during Operation Sand Castle 2007.
After everyone had detonated C4, the Soldiers moved on to training with shaped charges and cratering charges, which are used to demolish construction or damage surfaces.
These charges would create six boreholes, which would be used for the larger, more robust cratering charges (made of composition H6).
The team hacked unmercifully for hours at the trees and bushes on both sides of the trail to provide a view of the explosions from both the shaped and cratering charges.
In display cases are items such as dynamite, C4, cratering charges
, and bangalore torpedoes.