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Mortars are a simple, lightweight, man-portable, muzzle-loaded weapon that consists of a smooth bore metal tube fixed to a base plate with a lightweight bipod mount. They launch explosive shells in high-arcing ballistic trajectories. Mortars are typically used in indirect fire weapons for close fire support with a variety of ammunition. Mortars are thought to have more

Mortars are a simple, lightweight, man-portable, muzzle-loaded weapon that consists of a smooth bore metal tube fixed to a base plate with a lightweight bipod mount. They launch explosive shells in high-arcing ballistic trajectories. Mortars are typically used in indirect fire weapons for close fire support with a variety of ammunition. Mortars are thought to have been used in warfare for hundreds of years. They were heavy and difficult to carry around, essentially just an iron bowl with a kitchen apothecary concoction within. They became more popular during World War I, with many types being created to combat the Germans new mortar, the Meinenwerfer.

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