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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.

Braddock’s Defeat in the Wilderness

Braddock’s Defeat in the Wilderness

By David A. Norris
 Captain Daniel Lienard de Beaujeu rushed to save the remote French outpost of Fort Duquesne in early July 1755. Weeks away from receiving substantial reinforcements, the fort was the target of British Maj. Gen. Edward Braddock. With Braddock was the largest army in the North American frontier,   More »

The Second Pearl Harbor

The Second Pearl Harbor

By Gene E. Salecker
The first explosion came as a complete surprise to everyone around Pearl Harbor. The Sunday had started out clear and bright, but the sky quickly darkened as great clouds of thick black smoke rose high above the burning ships.
Fuel oil spilled atop the water and caught fire,   More »

Combat in Normandy’s Hedgerows

Combat in Normandy’s Hedgerows

By Scott A. Bryan

Late in the evening on D-Day two German soldiers patrolled the outskirts of Colleville-sur-Mer, about one mile from Omaha Beach, and spotted Company C, 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division resting in a hedgerow field. Standing on opposite corners, the enemy unleashed machine-gun fire and killed seven Americans.   More »

Bloodbath in Aachen

Bloodbath in Aachen

With weapons at the ready, the American squad advanced cautiously on both sides of the tree-lined boulevard toward the German strongpoint in Aachen. Buildings pummeled by Allied shells had toppled to the ground, sending concrete and bricks spilling into the street. Hardly a structure remained intact as a result of   More »



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