trench mortar

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trench mortar

n.
A mortar usually ranging from 3 to 9.45 inches in caliber, designed for use in forward positions, especially in trenches.

trench mortar

n
(Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) a portable mortar used in trench warfare to shoot projectiles at a high trajectory over a short range
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Noun1.trench mortar - a muzzle-loading high-angle gun with a short barrel that fires shells at high elevations for a short rangetrench mortar - a muzzle-loading high-angle gun with a short barrel that fires shells at high elevations for a short range
high-angle gun - a cannon that can be fired at a high elevation for relatively short ranges
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Enemy trench mortars were particularly troublesome here on the last two days of March and the first day of April.
spitting fuses, slow burning gas shells, exploding trench mortars .
By night Beaumont Hamel had fallen, with several hundred German prisoners, and the British gaining many thousands of rounds of rifle ammunition, trench mortars and mortar rounds.
Pickerings Lifts made trench mortars and components for Bailey Bridges and floating pontoon bridges during the Second World War.
Visitors entered through the rear of a 'shell-ruined' building, descending into the winding trench system, complete with rifle rests and platforms for trench mortars.
Verdun, the Somme, Passchendaele, Ypres, the Marne, Arras, and scores of other battlegrounds ravaged by the most hideous implements of modern warfare -- machine guns, flamethrowers, poisonous gas, trench mortars, artillery, aircraft, submarines -- all haunt European memory like the destructive exploits of a delinquent youth who had experimented with self-immolation for purposes long forgotten.
They called German artillery shells fired from 77mm field guns whizzbangs and British trench mortars which were fired from Howitzers were toffee apples.
They then started firing trench mortars onto the 9th Lancers with terrible accuracy.
According to The People's Daily in China, the Islamic insurgents have trained macaques and baboons, arming them with AK-47 rifles, machine guns and trench mortars in the Waziristan tribal region near the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Initially, the Japanese troops lived in tents, but to defend against trench mortars, two containers were stacked.
When trench mortars or bullets are shot at French or Australian troops operating right next to the SDF, it is impossible for the SDF to say, 'We cannot work with you,''' said Taro Aso, chairman of the LDP's Policy Research Council, commenting on the possible easing of SDF weapon-use restrictions.