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  • Military Mortars from Origin to Present Day

    Military Mortars from Origin to Present Day

    The basic principles behind the mortar weapon system allow for relatively portable, indirect firepower to be brought into any offensive action.





    Even before their large-scale use in World War 1 and World War 2, the mortar held a history dating as far back as the 18th Century. Mortars were designed as "indirect fire" weapons intended to lob projectiles against enemy positions that were protected by walls or natural coverage. The "lobbing" nature of the mortar ensured that the projectile would clear the obstruction and engage the enemy behind it. The use of mortars in combat was not as prevalent prior to World War 1 but the trench warfare nature of that conflict brought about its heavy use. As such, various-caliber mortars were in large-scale use by the end of the war. In World War 2, many pre-war designs were still en vogue while newer ones came into play. From then on, the mortar has remained a vital cog in the modern military machine.


    There are a total of (43) Military Mortars from Origin to Present Day in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.



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    1913
    Thumbnail picture of the 17cm mittlerer Minenwerfer

    17cm mittlerer Minenwerfer
    Medium Trench Mortar


    1910
    Thumbnail picture of the 25cm schwerer Minenwerfer

    25cm schwerer Minenwerfer
    Heavy Trench Mortar


    1981
    Thumbnail picture of the 2B11 Sani (Sleigh)

    2B11 Sani (Sleigh)
    120mm Heavy Field Mortar


    1970
    Thumbnail picture of the 2B9 Vasilek (Cornflower)

    2B9 Vasilek (Cornflower)
    82mm Towed Heavy Gun-Mortar


    1936
    Thumbnail picture of the 5cm leichte Granatwerfer 36 (leGrW 36)

    5cm leichte Granatwerfer 36 (leGrW 36)
    50mm Light Infantry Field Mortar


    1914
    Thumbnail picture of the 7.58cm Minenwerfer

    7.58cm Minenwerfer
    Light Rifled Trench Mortar


    1934
    Thumbnail picture of the 8cm schwere Granatwerfer 34 (GrW 34)

    8cm schwere Granatwerfer 34 (GrW 34)
    80mm Medium Field Mortar


    1927
    Thumbnail picture of the Brandt mle 27 (Mortier Brandt de 81mm modele 27)

    Brandt mle 27 (Mortier Brandt de 81mm modele 27)
    Infantry Mortar


    1937
    Thumbnail picture of the Brandt mle 35 (Mortier Brandt de 60mm modele 35)

    Brandt mle 35 (Mortier Brandt de 60mm modele 35)
    Light Infantry Mortar


    1939
    Thumbnail picture of the Brandt mle 37 (Mortier Brandt de 50mm modele 37)

    Brandt mle 37 (Mortier Brandt de 50mm modele 37)
    Infantry Light Mortar


    1942
    Thumbnail picture of the Kurzer 8cm Granatwerfer 42 (kz 8cm GrW 42)

    Kurzer 8cm Granatwerfer 42 (kz 8cm GrW 42)
    Medium Infantry Mortar


    1991
    Thumbnail picture of the M120, 120mm Mortar

    M120, 120mm Mortar
    Towed Heavy Field Mortar


    1937
    Thumbnail picture of the M1937 82mm (82-PM 37)

    M1937 82mm (82-PM 37)
    Battalion Field Mortar


    1939
    Thumbnail picture of the M1938 120mm (120-HM 38)

    M1938 120mm (120-HM 38)
    Infantry Field Mortar


    1938
    Thumbnail picture of the M1938 50mm (50-RM 38)

    M1938 50mm (50-RM 38)
    Light Infantry Mortar


    1940
    Thumbnail picture of the M1940 50mm (50-RM 40)

    M1940 50mm (50-RM 40)
    Light Infantry Mortar


    1941
    Thumbnail picture of the M1941 82mm (82-PM 41)

    M1941 82mm (82-PM 41)
    Battalion Field Mortar


    1943
    Thumbnail picture of the M1943 120mm (120-PM 43)

    M1943 120mm (120-PM 43)
    Heavy Field Mortar


    1943
    Thumbnail picture of the M1943 160mm (MT-13)

    M1943 160mm (MT-13)
    Heavy Mortar


    1943
    Thumbnail picture of the M2 4.2-inch (Goon Gun)

    M2 4.2-inch (Goon Gun)
    Rifled Infantry Mortar


    1978
    Thumbnail picture of the M224, 60mm Mortar

    M224, 60mm Mortar
    60mm Lightweight Mortar


    1987
    Thumbnail picture of the M252, 81mm Mortar

    M252, 81mm Mortar
    Medium Weight Extended Range Mortar


    1952
    Thumbnail picture of the M29, 81mm Mortar

    M29, 81mm Mortar
    High-Angle Infantry Heavy Field Mortar


    1989
    Thumbnail picture of the MO-120 RT-61 (Mortier 120mm Raye Tracte Modele F1)

    MO-120 RT-61 (Mortier 120mm Raye Tracte Modele F1)
    Towed Rifled Heavy Mortar-Gun


    1935
    Thumbnail picture of the Mortaio da 81/14 Modello 35

    Mortaio da 81/14 Modello 35
    81mm Infantry Mortar


    1935
    Thumbnail picture of the Mortaio d'assalto 45/5 Brixia, Modello 35

    Mortaio d'assalto 45/5 Brixia, Modello 35
    45mm Infantry Mortar


    1942
    Thumbnail picture of the Mortar, 60mm M19

    Mortar, 60mm M19
    Light Mortar


    1940
    Thumbnail picture of the Mortar, 60mm M2

    Mortar, 60mm M2
    Muzzle-Loading Light Mortar


    1935
    Thumbnail picture of the Mortar, 81mm M1

    Mortar, 81mm M1
    Muzzle-loading 81mm Mortar


    1965
    Thumbnail picture of the Ordnance L16 81mm

    Ordnance L16 81mm
    Mortar


    1938
    Thumbnail picture of the Ordnance ML 2-inch Mortar

    Ordnance ML 2-inch Mortar
    Light Infantry Mortar


    1925
    Thumbnail picture of the Ordnance ML 3-inch Mortar

    Ordnance ML 3-inch Mortar
    81mm Light Infantry Mortar


    1942
    Thumbnail picture of the Ordnance ML 4.2-inch Mortar

    Ordnance ML 4.2-inch Mortar
    Heavy Field Mortar


    1916
    Thumbnail picture of the Ordnance ML 9.45-inch Heavy Trench Mortar (Flying Pig)

    Ordnance ML 9.45-inch Heavy Trench Mortar (Flying Pig)
    Heavy Smoothbore Mortar


    1963
    Thumbnail picture of the Sky Horse

    Sky Horse
    50mm Light Field Mortar


    1955
    Thumbnail picture of the Soltam K5 (M65)

    Soltam K5 (M65)
    120mm Mortar


    1915
    Thumbnail picture of the Stokes Mortar (3-inch)

    Stokes Mortar (3-inch)
    81mm Light Infantry Mortar / Trench Mortar


    1921
    Thumbnail picture of the Type 10, 50mm Grenade Discharger

    Type 10, 50mm Grenade Discharger
    Light Mortar / Grenade Launcher


    1943
    Thumbnail picture of the Type 31 60mm

    Type 31 60mm
    60mm Infantry Light Mortar


    1929
    Thumbnail picture of the Type 89, 50mm Grenade Discharger

    Type 89, 50mm Grenade Discharger
    Light Mortar / Grenade Launcher


    1935
    Thumbnail picture of the Type 94 90mm

    Type 94 90mm
    Infantry Mortar


    1937
    Thumbnail picture of the Type 97 81mm

    Type 97 81mm
    Infantry Mortar


    1937
    Thumbnail picture of the Type 97 90mm (mortar)

    Type 97 90mm (mortar)
    Infantry Mortar