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Mortar

The mortar is a basic infantry carried support weapon used at relatively short range and with a high angle of fire. Those of 60mm and 81mm were used extensively by American infantry units during World War II. Such weapons were also fielded generally by all armies engaged in the war. The mortar is serviced by a crew of several soldiers and is fired by dropping a high explosive projectile down the barrel to strike a firing pin that in turn detonates a charge and fires the projectile.



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