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5 Things You Don’t Know About: Mortars

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This Top 5 installment from Military.com is about a divisive weapon that continues to cause mass destruction despite lacking the contemporary flare of most weapons today. Dating back to as early as the Civil War, mortars have changed very little in terms of design or functionality. This video lists some of the most significant uses of mortars in our countries history as well as obscure details as well.

Modern portable mortars are successors to a British model utilized since World War 1, where it became an important asset and distinct advantage in trench warfare.  You’ll learn that while mortars of today do offer a great deal of variety in ammunition, the end result hasn’t changed much over the last 2 centuries.   Aside from being a more accurate weapon, rifle deviations of the mortar are very similar to its smaller counterpart as well. Specs for the original British mortar can be found below.

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