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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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October 1917 produced two examples: One note reported that the Germans were dropping sweets laced with arsenic from aeroplanes and the other that an intrepid reporter from the Nottingham Guardian who was wearing a three-piece suit had unexpectedly turned up in the front line trenches at Cambrin amid the trench mortars, whizz-bangs etc.
By 8:30 a.m., an orchestra of German 77mm, 4.2-inch, and 5.9-inch high explosive shells along with their heavy trench mortars known as "minenwerfers" built to a crescendo.
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.
An unprecedented 1,160,000 shells, both high-explosive and gas, were fired from 6,500 German guns and 3,500 trench mortars.
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. An accompanying exhibition of 2,000 'relics' of war included a Union Jack from the ill-fated HMS Bulwark, the flag from Ypres Cathedral, Turkish hand grenades and German helmets.
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.