Mortar
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Mortar

A mortar (German Minenwerfer or “mine thrower”) describes a short-range, indirect fire weapon. The shell that was fired was usually a thin-walled, particularly powerful explosive shell. Germany had developed this type of artillery shortly before the war as special ordnance for the pioneer branch of the army, to be used in siege warfare. They were to be deployed against obstacles and smaller, more resilient targets which could not be engaged effectively from the far-off emplacements of the sie…

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Storz, Dieter, “Mortar”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 30 March 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0411>
First published online: 2015



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