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.
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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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Variants of the basic patch were those for the divisional MG battalion which had a beech brown arrow placed horizontally in the centre of the patch with the arrow point forward; divisional medium and heavy trench mortar batteries who wore the divisional patch with a blue cloth bursting grenade placed above the patch; and the divisional engineers who had the letters `CE' in purple on the centre of the patch surrounded by a purple frame.
Lieutenant Bernard Pitt, commanding a trench mortar battery, also wrote of his affinity with the Spring amidst the mad destruction around him.
According to the study notes it was shot by Geoffrey Malins, whose How I Filmed The War has just been republished by the Imperial War Museum, at a trench mortar battery school a few weeks later.
The situation became increasingly hazardous as the month wore on when the Germans began to use a new and more accurate type of trench mortar.
'On the night of the September 1/2, when nearing the east bank, he volunteered and went forward to within 15 yards of an enemy post to make sure the bridge was complete.' And on the following night, he volunteered to mend the heavy bridge across the canal while under `very heavy' shrapnel and trench mortar fire.
Kinnie took over an abandoned trench mortar truck, which he drove back to Palm Villa along with Private Ross and Andrew.
One letter to a curator in the First World War field contains a list of ammunition to collect: "Trench mortar shells and cartridges 75 m/m, Rifle Grenades of all types, four of each of any rocket, pineapple bombs."
Owen was suffering from shell-shock after being blown up by a trench mortar, while Sassoon was sent to the hospital, ostensibly for similar treatment, but actually as an alternative to being court martialled for penning his Finished With War: A Soldier's Declaration.
It is with deep regret that I have to inform you of the death of your husband 356289 Private J Goldstone attached 43rd Light Trench Mortar Battery, who was killed in action on the September 28.
He was an instructor of Rifle Marksmanship, Automatic Rifle, and Trench Mortar. His field services covered four Army maneuvers in the First Corps Area.
Kippen soldier Pte Andrew Lennie, Trench Mortar Battery, had been "gassed and burned" and was in hospital in Newcastle.