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"German 100-mm Mortar" from Tactical and Technical Trends

A brief intelligence report on the German 100-mm smoke and HE mortar captured in North Africa, from Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 24, May 6, 1943.

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a. General

A 100-mm (4-in) smoke and HE mortar, throwing a 16-pound bomb 3,300 yards and used to some extent by airborne troops, has been captured in the Middle East. While the mortar is a standard smoke or chemical warfare weapon in the German Army, HE is also fired.

Designed on the familiar German lines, the weapon consists of a barrel, baseplate, and bipod, with a total weight of 205 pounds, the three principal components being of approximately equal weight. It is, in fact, simply a larger and heavier version of the German 81-mm mortar.

There are reported to be two projectiles, one weighing 16 pounds, the other 19 pounds.

b. 19-pound Bomb

No details of the construction of the 19-pound projectile are yet available. The primary propelling charge is 154 grains of nitroglycerine flake. The augmenting charges are nitroglycerine annular propellant. Augmenting charge I contains 756 grains; charge II, 1,358; and charge III, 1,574 grains.

The propelling charges are made up as follows:

     Charge I (kleine Ladung) primary and augmenting charge
        I 427 f/s muzzle velocity

     Charge II (mittlere Ladung) primary and augmenting charges
        I and II 755 f/s muzzle velocity

     Charge III (grosse Ladung) primary and augmenting charges
        I, II and III 1,017 f/s muzzle velocity

c. 16-pound Bomb

From a German document come details of a 16-pound bomb for the same mortar:

        Length: 17 in
        Maximum diameter: 4.09 in
        Thickness of walls: 1/8 - 3/10 in
        Maximum range: 3,300 yds


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