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Identify WW1 trench mortar/howitzer?


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This is an Irish army photo from 1922 or 1923. I thought it was some form of a captured German Trench mortar or howitzer? The Irish never used these in training or anywhere else after the war. What is it?

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Mark

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It's a German trench mortar - the photo is distorted. I'm on my tablet at the moment but in the morning II'll post a proper photo of one.

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This is an Irish army photo from 1922 or 1923. I thought it was some form of a captured German Trench mortar or howitzer? The Irish never used these in training or anywhere else after the war. What is it?

Thanks

Mark

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It's a German heavy trench mortar, the 25 cm schwerer Minenwerfer N/a, or "25 cm heavy trench mortar new pattern," introduced in 1916.

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Beat me to it but here is another view

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A considerable number of these were issued as "trophies" to war memorial committees and the like and numerous towns in Britain and Ireland would have had one. This type of weapon was often referred to by British soldiers as a Moaning Minnie.

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Thanks guys,

That would explain how one ended up in Ireland.

Mark

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