After the death of a relative by a landmine in 1974 during the Rhodesian Bush War, Ernest Konschel, a self-employed electrical and mechanical engineer, took an interest in how to minimize damage and fatalities from landmine incidents.
"Ernest Konschel: Inventor of Early Mine Clearance Vehicles,"
Journal of Conventional Weapons Destruction: Vol. 17
, Article 22.
Available at: http://commons.lib.jmu.edu/cisr-journal/vol17/iss1/22