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"German Use of Captured 120-mm Mortars" from Tactical and Technical Trends

A short report on German use of captured 120-mm mortars during WWII, from Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 39, December 2, 1943.

[DISCLAIMER: The following text is taken from the U.S. War Department publication Tactical and Technical Trends. As with all wartime intelligence information, data may be incomplete or inaccurate. No attempt has been made to update or correct the text. Any views or opinions expressed do not necessarily represent those of the website.]


It has been established that certain German units are being equipped with 120-mm mortars. In one instance the mortars are known to be Russian. It is possible, however, that the Germans will also use the French "Brandt" or the Finnish "Tampella" mortars. Brief data on the Russian, French (Brandt) and Finnish (Tampella) mortars are as follows:

    Russian   Finnish   French
Weight in action 588 lbs 560 lbs 1,792 lbs
Mounting Bipod and baseplate Bipod and baseplate Fired from 2-wheeled carriage and baseplate
Method of firing ML, percussion fired ML, percussion fired ML, trigger fired
Weight of bomb 35 lbs 27 1/2 and 47 1/2 lbs 37 lbs
Types of bomb H.E. H.E. and Smoke H.E. and Smoke
Maximum rate of fire - 12 rpm 6 rpm
Maximum range 6,500 yards 7,550 yards 8,000 yards
Carriage 2-wheeled, rubber tired 2-wheeled, rubber tired -


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