The mortar has proved to be one of the most influential and prevalent infantry support weapons of the 20th century. Throughout the course of World War II many different varieties of this weapon were used by the six main armies of the war: Britain, the USA, the Soviet Union, Germany Italy and Japan. Although the concept of the mortar was similar throughout these armies, calibres and usage varied enormously, dependent upon tactical use and terrain. This title covers all variants from the British 3-in.-equipped 'Heavy Weapon Companies', through to the Soviet12cm mortars, which were incorporated into the Tank Corps for the storming of Berlin in 1945.
About the Author
John Norris was born and educated in Jersey, Channel Islands. On coming to England he joined the Grenadier Guards, serving for six years with the regiment. He has been writing for military journals for over 20 years and has written three books for Brasseys and one for Sutton Publishing. He curently writes for several magazines and serves as an expert tour guide for Midas tours and Experts in Travel Ltd.
Table of ContentsAn old weapon reinvented · Definition of a mortar · Ammunition · Categories · The British Army · The US Army · The Soviet Army · The German Army · The Italian Army · The Japanese Army · Other countries · Bibliography · Colour Plate Commentary · Index