Caption: Soldiers carry 40-pound cratering charges
* 40-pound shaped and 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.
The plan was to set off two explosions--the first from shaped charges and the second from cratering charges. Shaped charges, made of composition B explosives, will go through reinforced concrete and cut through steel.
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.