What was the mortar used for in ww1?
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Similarly, it is asked, who created the mortar in ww1?
(later Sir Wilfred) Stokes
Additionally, how does a mortar work? A Mortar is basically just a huge tube, which is closed on the bottom side and mounted on a base plate that allows for some adjustment. At the bottom of the barrel there is a fixed firing pin. Then the explosion of the propelling charge creates gas that pushes the mortar shell (or bomb) out of the tube.
Also asked, what impact did trench mortars have on ww1?
Its Advantages Over Artillery The chief advantage of the mortar was that it could be fired from the (relative) safety of the trench, avoiding exposure of the mortar crews to the enemy. Furthermore, it was notably lighter and more mobile than other, larger artillery pieces.
Is a mortar a gun?
A mortar is an artillery weapon which fires explosive shells. The shells are known as (mortar) bombs. They are fired at targets which are close, as mortars do not have long range. It has a short barrel which fires the mortar bomb at a low speed high into the air to reach its target.